Indeed. The Warriors sent waves of defenders at James; Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green each took turns. Iguodala—a first string All-Defensive team member last season—got most of the reps late. “One of the smartest defenders in the league,” Kerr said. Iguodala held James to two points in overtime, about the only stretch where James looked human Thursday.
He could have won in 2011. The Heat were every bit as talented as Dallas that year. But they lacked chemistry, something the Mavericks were thick with. He won two straight titles before losing to the Spurs last June. OK, new rule: Any time a team loses to San Antonio, they can’t be clobbered for it. The Spurs are that good.