The sixth-year forward has been invisible through three games. Thompson has as many total rebounds (11) as Irving and one point less (eight) than Dahntay Jones despite playing 59 more minutes than Jones. That’s… not great.
Warriors star Stephen Curry, who is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game in the finals, explained how Zaza Pachulia has prevented Thompson from giving the Cavs those precious extra possessions.
When determining the deciding factors in the previous two games, there were certain areas where it was easy to see Golden State could improve despite coming out on top. At this point, however, there’s no reason to waste any extra time formulating some sort of in-depth explanation. The Warriors are the better team, and they’ve played like it.
Cleveland went into the game as 17-point favorites. While large for a playoff series, it made sense considering all of the factors. But not only did Boston cover, but it won, making this not only the largest upset of the NBA season, but the largest upset in NBA playoff history.
It’s worth noting some places had the Celtics as 16.5 underdogs, which would make it the biggest upset in the last 20 years.
He’s currently joined in the backfield by Robert Turbin (3.5 yards per carry in 2016), fourth-round rookie Marlon Mack, the already-on-IR Christine Michael (who may wind up never playing a down for the team), and Troymaine Pope, who has 12 career carries. They’ll all have their work cut out for them if the club’s blocking doesn’t improve. Indianapolis ranked 23rd in the league in yards per rush in 2016.