NBA Finals 2016: Why the Warriors will still win Game 5 without Draymond Green

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 11: Klay Thompson
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Shaun Livingston, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Andre Iguodala
June 2, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates with guard Shaun Livingston (34) his three point basket scored against Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half in game one of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

5. A deeper bench than Cleveland

One area of tremendous discrepancy between these two finalists in this best-of-seven series that has been honestly overlooked is that Warriors have a significantly deeper bench than what Cleveland has to offer.

Players like point guard Shaun Livingston, small forward Andre Iguodala, power forward Marreese Speights, and center Festus Ezeli are just a few of the many great reserves Golden State has to work with on any given night.

While Cleveland does have a great starting lineup and a few key bench players, guys like point guard Matthew Dellavedova, shooting guard Iman Shumpert, and forward Richard Jefferson aren’t able to appropriately match up with what Golden State throws their way.

Not only is Cleveland at a disadvantage in terms of numbers coming off the bench, but the Cavaliers simply lack the agility to hang with Golden State when the Warriors go small with their pace-and-space lineup.

Even with players like Iguodala, Speights, center Andrew Bogut, and even center Anderson Varejao having to play more minutes to account for Green’s absence, Golden State will continue to win with their bench on the floor versus Cleveland’s weaker rotation of reserve players.

Next: 4. Steve Kerr.