GameChangers (06/07/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
Game-Changing plays from the NBA Finals.



To highlight the Live ScoreCaster, we took our in-game technology to the next level to review the game-changing plays from NBA Playoffs and what the game would have looked like if the plays had turned out differently.

Click the header below to view the Game Breakdown for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland might have lost Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving in the playoffs but the Cavs still have LeBron James. The four-time MVP finished with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 95-93 overtime victory against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

It was the first finals win in franchise history and LeBron was excited.



The Warriors could have won if…

Stephen Curry had a terrible, no good, very bad shooting day. The reigning MVP was 5-of-23 from the floor including 2-of-15 from behind the arc. Blame for this loss starts with Curry. Though his teammates let him down, some failing to execute even the simplest of plays.

At the end of the third quarter, Golden State trailing Cleveland 62-59, Marreese Speights missed a breakaway dunk off a turnover.



Even with the egregious miss, the Warriors entered the fourth quarter 62 percent likely to win. Had Mo Speights, a.k.a. Mo Buckets, jammed the dunk home, Golden State's expected win probability increases to 73 percent trailing by one point at the start of the final quarter.

The Warriors missed a lot of shots in Game 2 but Speights will likely think back to that easy bucket and what might have been for the Dubs.

Additional Game Notes:
The Cavs became the projected favorite for the first time following a J.R. Smith three pointer with 2:53 to play in the third quarter, about the same time (spoiler alert) Dany was learning to fly Drogon.