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Power Take: Somehow, someway, Warriors didn’t get the job done

Mark Gaughan

I can’t believe Golden State lost to Cleveland. I’m thrilled for Cleveland and LeBron James, but I’m still stunned and amazed by one of the great NBA Finals ever. I can’t believe the Warriors were shut out the last 4:39 of Game Seven. The Death Lineup. The most efficient offensive team in the game. Probably the best perimeter shooting team ever. Shut. Out.

I can’t believe the Cavs came back after losing the first two by a combined 48 – the biggest deficit ever after two games. I can’t believe the Warriors were beaten by their own defensive medicine – the Cavs played smaller and switched everything. I can’t believe Kevin Love found the footwork to guard Steph Curry for 11 straight seconds on the Warriors’ critical last-minute possession, which ended in Curry’s ugly three-ball miss. I can’t believe the Warriors didn’t get more open threes.

Curry and Klay Thompson, who shot 44 percent from three all season, were held to 32 percent in the last two games. I guess no matter how great your offense is, if you can’t get to the free-throw line and can’t get offensive rebounds, you’re in trouble. Especially against LeBron James.