The 5 Key Factors That Will Determine The Winner Of The 2016 NBA Finals

5. Pace



Tempo in the Finals will play a key role in either team’s success. During these playoffs, the Warriors have a staggering pace of 101.7 (possessions per 48 minutes), while the Cavs are trailing far behind at 91.8. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue spoke with Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com on the matter:

“We just have to play our game. We’re not going to slow the ball down and be at ease. We’re going to push the pace, try to get easy baskets early in transition but make sure we’re taking good shots.”

Playing an up-tempo style can be dangerous against a lethal Warriors squad, so whichever team controls the pace of the game is likely to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Source: FastBreak