Whether you agree or disagree with the leagues decision to suspend him for game 5, he is out and will not been seen for this possible close out game in the NBA finals. This is a huge blow to the Warriors because Draymond has been the center piece and vocal leader of the team all year long. He is a player that can defend about any position and gives them an edge that they desperately need because lets face it, as great a players as Curry and Thompson are, no one is physically intimidated by them. Draymond on the other hand is just crazy enough to worry opponents. During this series vs Cleveland he has averaged just under 15 points, but his last two games he only scored 6 and 9. However Draymond’s impact can’t always be seen through the stat sheet. He is a great defensive player who forces players to take awkward and contested shots, or pass out of a shot because they can’t get a clean shot off. You won’t see it come up on the Stat sheet how many bad shots Draymond forced his opponent to take, but his teammates will definitely miss it.
Without Draymond this definitely gives Cleveland a better shot of winning game 5. However we can’t forget how badly the Cavs lost in the first 2 games in Oracle Arena, losing by an average of 24 points per game. Does Draymond make a 24 point difference for the Warriors? We’ll see. I just don’t see the Cavs being able to come into Golden State and steal a road game even with Draymond Suspended. I think we are in store for a night where Steph Curry goes off to close out the series and win the title for the 2nd straight year. I would put the Chance of the Cavs winning tonight at 40/60 in favor of GSW.
Score Prediction GSW 105 CLE 95
Here is a link if youd like to see the Draymond Play that got him suspended https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjBlwsJk_a0