3. Free throw shooting kills the Warriors
The Warriors did their best to remain in attack mode for what was a tightly officiated game of basketball. For their efforts, they were rewarded with 30 attempts at the stripe, an ideal number for a team struggling to produce points elsewhere.
Where Golden State came up short was in actually taking advantage of those free throw attempts. They shot just 21-for-30 as a team, good for just 70.0 percent — a figure that would’ve ranked well towards the bottom of the league during the regular season.
Both Steph and Klay took care of their business, combing to hit all of their 16 free throws. Take those numbers out of the overall equation and the trio of teammates who actually went to the line shot 5-of-14.
DeMarcus Cousins was just 4-for-7 throughout and an unsettling 3-for-6 in the fourth quarter. Iguodala hit only one of his five attempts and Draymond failed to connect on his two looks. Steve Kerr appreciated the aggressiveness, but neither he nor the fans at Oracle Arena could possibly have been pleased with their 35.7 percent conversion rate.
Looking back to the past, there’s no telling what X amount of extra makes would’ve done for the Warriors’ chances. In the moment, each clank off the iron was met with frustration by a team knowing full well that leaving any points on the board would only come back to bite them in the closing minutes.