GameChangers (06/11/15)

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 4 of the NBA Finals.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green said the Cleveland Cavaliers were outfighting the Warriors in the first three games of the NBA Finals. In Game 4, Golden State played like a desperate team.

The Warriors evened the NBA Finals with a 103-82 win over the Cavaliers. Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala each scored 22 points as the league's best offense found its groove.

Golden State goes home with the possibility of two more games in the Roarcle, an arena they have only lost in four times this season. Game 5 is Sunday night in Oakland.

The Cavs could have won if…

Entering Game 4, LeBron James had averaged 47.3 minutes per game. David Blatt had to find time for his superstar to rest. Cleveland's Head Coach sat LeBron for the first two minutes of the fourth.

Golden State went on a 9-0 run from the end of the third quarter to LeBron's return to action. The Warriors extended their lead to 82-70 and their expected win probability increased from 64 percent to 93 percent.

This made Kanye sad.



Everything for Cleveland begins and ends with LeBron. King James scored zero points in the fourth and when the game was close struggled to convert from the line.

Trailing by as many as 14 points to start the second half, the Cavs made it a three point game with 5:11 to play in the third. To close out that quarter, LeBron missed four shots and two free throws. The Cavs entered the fourth with a 32 percent chance to win.

Had LeBron made just one of those shots or converted the two missed free throws, Cleveland's chance of a rally increases to 43 percent.

Additional Game Notes:
Cleveland may regret the Warriors win Game 4. The Cavs had a chance to take a 3-1 series lead. All-time in the NBA Finals, teams that go up 3-1 have an undefeated 32-0 series record.