Another Warriors-Cavaliers Finals clash not bad for National Basketball Association
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 9:12
"We were a little too anxious [early]", Durant said.
Stephen Curry scored 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists as this sure-to-be thrilling trilogy began at last, a long-expected, spectacular grand finale envisioned ever since that July day Durant left Oklahoma City to join the loaded Warriors. The "3 2" math is already working for the Warriors, so letting them shoot an additional 20 field-goal attempts is just overkill. Otherwise, the Cavaliers had no answers for Golden State.
James, seeking his fourth National Basketball Association title, led the scoring for the Cavs with 28 and Kyrie Irving managed 24 - but the defending champions were far from their best and suffered heavily with turnovers, tying a play-off record with 20 giveaways. But who could have imagined the Warriors shooting a collective 3-for-13 from three-point range in the first half and still taking control of the game?
Game 2 will be played at Oracle Arena on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Big Three combine for 77 points as the Cavs fall in Game 1.
Kevin Love grabbed 21 rebounds to complement 15 points for the Cavaliers.
For seven years now, the pre-Finals discourse has been driven by one question more than any other: How will the West's best defend LeBron James? Durant easily going around LeBron James for a layup. A disturbing tone was set, letting everyone know the Cavs didn't quite come to play, and the second half turned into one of those Golden State masterpieces with the scoreboard lighting up like a Las Vegas slot machine.
Turnovers hurt the Cavaliers in their Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, and they once again proved extremely costly in the loss to the Warriors.
The Cavaliers rallied within 80-68 with 3:06 remaining in the period, but Golden State wasn't finished with its 3-point-shooting barrage.
Can't wait for Rihanna to co-ordinate a tifo of LeBron dunking Durant into a bin when the Cavs welcome the Warriors to the Quicken Loans Arena for game three, next Thursday. "So I just tried to play as hard as I can and not make it about a matchup, it's about us, it's about the Golden State Warriors versus the Cleveland Cavaliers and we're only going to do it together".
Kyrie Irving added 24 points for Cleveland while Kevin Love had 15 points and 21 rebounds for the Cavs, who outrebounded the Warriors 59-50. "You know how scary things can be, especially when that 7-footer is coming at you full speed with his ball-handling ability and shooters spread across", said Iguodala.
"We feel like we can shoot better", said acting head coach Mike Brown, who didn't single out Thompson. The Warriors won a title without him and then broke the record for regular season wins the following year. We've got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us.
Look out for the Bajan singer becoming the game one MVP towards the bottom right corner of the screen.