NBA Finals Analytics: Warriors’ Underrated Defense Will Slow Cavaliers

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are known for their explosive offenses highlighted by elite 3-point shooting.

But it’s the Warriors’ under-the-radar defense that could very well be the difference in the 2016 NBA Finals.

The Warriors’ defense has limited opponents to a 41.8 percent field-goal percentage this postseason — nearly four percentage points lower than what their opponents usually shoot.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers’ defense has limited opponents to a 45.1 percent field-goal percentage this postseason — nearly one percentage point higher than what their opponents usually shoot.

See why this is just one of a few reasons the Warriors’ defense will stifle LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in the video above.

Thumbnail photo via Kelley L. Cox/USA TODAY Sports 

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