OK, it's time for one of my random posts with my thoughts on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
• Continue to contain Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. The Cavs proved in Game 1 they can do it (20 points total on 8-for-27); they just need to keep at it. If they contain both, great, but they at least need to contain one of them each game.
• The bench has to score points. Golden State embarrassed the Cavs in a bench-to-bench matchup in Game 1: 45 to 10. That can't continue. Cleveland's reserves can't just be on the court to give the starters a break; they have to meet the Warriors physically, but get points. The Cavs have just as much depth as the Warriors; prove it.
• Be physical. Bang some bodies. Most of those Golden State pretty boys don't like that.
• Continue to draw fouls — but don't make dumb ones.
• J.R. Smith needs to shoot the ball. Three shot attempts in Game 1 — really, dude?!
• Work on layups and putbacks. I know it's hard to predict where a basketball will go when it bounces around the rim and a lot of guys are tipping it, but man, that was frustrating in Game 1. The ball literally didn't seem to want to drop for the Cavs.
• Win away from home. There's no way to win any series without grabbing a few victories in Oakland. If Golden State takes a 2-0 series lead could be hard deficit to face. Splitting the first two games could go a long way to grabbing the four wins needed to finally bring home a championship to Cleveland.
• Withstand the inevitable runs that Golden State will make.
And related to that, finally …
• Be greedy. When the Cavs do get a lead, they need keep the foot on the accelerator. And when there's a big lead, keep it up. Beating down the Warriors is the only way to beat them.