This Saturday night the Cleveland Cavaliers face off against the Golden State Warriors at 8:30 PM in San Francisco. Can the Cavs start to turn their season around? Or will the Warriors bounce back themselves fresh off a Denver loss? Here’s a preview of the upcoming Cavaliers/Warriors game on November 11, 2023.
The Cavaliers haven’t exactly looked like the contender they set out to be this season. Currently sitting at three wins and five losses, this puts them in 11th place within the Eastern Conference.
Though they’ve dealt with injury for the majority of the season so far, there are still glaring holes in their game. A big one is turnovers, of which the Cavs are averaging 14.4 a game this season. While that’s not the worst (13th fewest in the league) it’s still more than they should be. Last season they finished the season averaging 13.3, placing them at sixth fewest in the league. They’re new fast pace of passing is entertaining to watch and effective, but can lead to sequences that look sloppy when it goes awry.
Garland led the team in turnovers last night with eight, and currently leads the team with 24 total turnovers so far this season. This is especially concerning considering he’s been out with injury a good portion of the season, and has only played in four games.
Mitchell has the second most (19) but has played in three more games. He’s also been passing with a much flashier style and has had (mostly) pinpoint accuracy, so some more turnovers can be expected from this while it’s fresh. Mitchell is also leading the team in points (30.7), assists (5.6) and steals (2.3) so his performance is overall nowhere near concerning.
Okoro is still currently listed as day-to-day with a knee injury, and likely won’t be confirmed or ruled out until game day.
The Golden State Warriors are having a pretty solid season so far, sitting at six wins and three losses (fourth in Western Conference). Steph Curry is having a bit of a renaissance, averaging 30 points a game. This is the fourth highest in the league, behind only Joel Embiid (31.7 points), Luka Doncic (31.5 points) and Cleveland’s own Donovan Mitchell (30.7 points). Chris Paul has been an effective addition so far, averaging 7.3 assists per game. The Cavs were able to hold him to just two when they played earlier this season, where they ended up defeating the Warriors 104-115. One of the few road games the Warriors have lost this season. Golden State is also coming fresh off a loss, but that loss was a close one and was given by the defending NBA champions, so it’ll be interesting to see how momentum plays into this game.
Hopefully Cleveland can polish up their play to defeat the Warriors again, and start this three road-game series off with a win.
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