Marreese Speights gets an outlet pass off an untimely turnover from the Cavs to end the third quarter, and misses the dunk on the fast break.
Missing a dunk is one of the most embarrassing things to happen to an NBA player. Everyone knows how tall and athletic you are, and when you miss a dunk it is pretty inexcusable. This happened to Marreese Speights at the end of the third quarter on basketball’s biggest stage. He didn’t even get a chance at recovering either, because the third quarter was just ending.
The Warriors just caused a turnover that would have cut the scoring gap before the fourth quarter got underway if Speights could have put this one away. But he was obviously thinking about what Steve Kerr was going to say if he missed it instead of actually focusing on putting the ball through the hoops. This caused a bad miss and put an even worse taste in the mouth of the Warriors heading into the final quarter of Game 2.
If the Warriors are able to complete the small comeback and take Game 2 away from the Cavs, they will be ahead in the series 2-0 heading to Cleveland for Game 3. It would be a pretty big advantage, especially remembering that Kyrie Irving will be out for the remainder of the Finals.
If the Cavs steal Game 2 away from the Warriors, the series will be tied at 1-1 heading back home with all the momentum. The key to the series for the Cavs lies in whether or not they can contain the Warriors on defense. One way of doing that is just making Marreese Speights miss fast break dunks which they did beautifully on this play.
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