Desperate times call for desperate measures. With the possibility of going down three games to one and having their backs up against the wall staring him in the face, Warriors coach Steve Kerr made a bold move. He took Andrew Bogut out of the starting lineup and inserted Andre Iguodala, who made his first start of the entire season. The results are hard to argue with. Iguodala led all Warriors with 22 points, hitting 53.3% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc, and also grabbing eight rebounds. Bogut, meanwhile, played less than three minutes and had one rebound and three fouls. That's not the way to get your minutes back, Andrew.
Iguodala also spent most of the game guarding LeBron James, who was held to a series low 20 points on 31.8% shooting. Timofey Mozgov had a career high 28 points, but no Cavalier had a positive plus/minus and the team was blown out by a final score of 103-82.
Tonight, the series travels back to Oakland and LeBron and the Cavs will look to recover from that beating and dish out some punishment of their own. Can they do it? Will they do it? We'll find out... now.
|NBA Finals, Game 5|
|Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA|
|5:00 pm PST|
|Matthew Dellavedova||PG||Stephen Curry|
|Iman Shumpert||SG||Klay Thompson|
|LeBron James||SF||Andre Iguodala|
|Tristan Thompson||PF||Harrison Barnes|
|Timofey Mozgov||C||Draymond Green|
| Kevin Love (shoulder) |
Anderson Varejao (achilles)
Kyrie Irving (knee)
|Series Advanced Stats|