Fisch’s Friday Rant: Big Game Jitters & Game 1

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(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Big Game Jitters

I don’t care what anyone says, every one experiences some jitters and nervousness before taking something as big as the Finals on for the first time. You can think that you’re ready and be one of the best in the business, but the first time will always bring those jitters back. Even when I was told I was going to start a game for the first time in middle school, I was super nervous.

The Golden State Warriors were bound to show some of those butterflies early on in the Finals. Throughout the entire first quarter, the butterflies were evident. The Warriors seemed to be running around with their heads cut off and they weren’t getting any shots to fall. No one on this team has any Finals experience and that seemed prevalent in the early goings of the game.

Then, once the team got their “sea legs,” they started to turn it on in the second quarter and Steph Curry heated up like we’ve seen him do time and time again.

Iguodala Layup

Game 1 – Gettin’ Iggy With It

The first game of the NBA Finals was everything we hoped for. Well, maybe not everything Cavs fans hoped for, but it was a great game. To be completely honest, I was slightly pulling for the Warriors due to Andre Iguodala and Mo Speights being former Sixers.

Now, I don’t mean to brag, but I was trying to tell fans on Twitter that Andre Iguodala would definitely be up for the challenge in defending LeBron. Look what happened! Iguodala held LeBron to 4-14 shooting and 3 turnovers which includes the stretch of the end of the fourth quarter and overtime. This Warriors win took into account a lot more than just Iggy’s defense though.

Bogut was playing some great defense in the paint, the supporting cast started hitting shots after Curry led the way in the second, and the Warriors stayed unfazed after a big second quarter. Another big factor is the Kyrie Irving injury. It’s a shame to see him go down, especially because it was so entertaining with him in there against Curry. Hopefully he has a speedy recovery.

Now, it’s going to be a steep uphill battle for the Cavs to take the trophy home. JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova, and the rest of the crew really need to step it up now. The Warriors don’t mind if LeBron drops 40 points, because they are making sure that no one else beats them. The Cavs played a great game last night, but they still lost. If you ask me, that doesn’t sound like a very good sign. 

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