2. The communication was never there this series to take down Golden State
In the end, that’s what it felt like was the biggest difference in the close games, and one that Lue acknowledged after the loss.
“I would say communication,” Lue responded when asked directly what the difference was. “They move at such a pace, and they have five guys on the floor that can dribble, pass and shoot. They can make plays. So if you make a mistake, they’re going to make you pay. That’s the beauty of their team.”
The Cavs relied on a defensive scheme where they were essentially switching everything on defense, other than in situations that would leave Kevin Love in one-on-one situations with Curry.
In the end, there were plenty of breakdowns due to a lack of communication that left the Cavs essentially improvising on the fly against an offensive juggernaut. As a result, the Warriors got nearly any look they wanted at critical moments. It’s what helped them in overtime of Game 1, it’s what helped them in the second half of Game 3.
The biggest lesson from the last two years is a need for some kind, any kind, of defensive system in Cleveland.