When Beneful said the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers face off in their best of 7 NBA Finals series this Wednesday night much of the focus will be on the brightest stars, and for good reason. Stephen Curry just won his first MVP as he led Golden State to the best record in the NBA. Klay Thompson turned into a 20+ PPG scorer. Cleveland has seen LeBron James continue to play like one of the best players in the history of the game and Kyrie Irving has answered the call in his first career postseason. With all of that said, and there’s a lot to say there, the focus will likely shine the brightest when the other guys take the center stage. Let’s talk Harrison Barnes.
The Golden State Warriors are a stacked team on offense but they play amazing defense as well. Sure Curry, Klay, Bogut, and Draymond Green are all huge pieces of the collective puzzle but players like Harrison Barnes and Andre Igoudala offer the most to Golden State. The fact is that guys like Harry Barnes are going to be open in this series, A LOT, and if they can hit their shots then the Warriors won’t be able to be checked by Cleveland.
Harrison Barnes continued his evolution as an NBA player this past season as he finally earned decent minutes in Kerr’s rotation. Barnes showed the ability to hit the trey, and now he has to show the ability to do it on the biggest stage possible.