Durant stars as Warriors dominate Cavs in NBA Finals opener
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 8:50
Kerr was the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year for guiding the Warriors to the winningest season in NBA history at 73-9, but the achievement was bittersweet given Golden State fell victim to the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, squandering a 3-1 edge to see Cleveland win in seven games. Singer Rihana (third from left in front row) was also seen enjoying the match.
The scary thing is that as good as Golden State looked on Thursday night, they actually could have run away with Game 1 much earlier if they hadn't missed fifteen layups in the first half.
Durant finished with 38 points, 30 points in the first three quarters, 23 in the first half.
James led the Cavs with 28 points. The Cavaliers never seriously threatened again.
While Durant bodied the Cavs on the court, becoming only the second player in National Basketball Association history to record 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in game one of the finals, the four time MVP was having has limelight stolen by Rihanna.
Game 2 of the Finals will be Sunday at Golden State.
There was an even more blatant example of Curry's gravity as a shooter a couple of minutes later, this time following a turnover by James. No, not between Kevin Durant and LeBron James. We made a lot of mistakes.
Here are 3 takeaways from Game 1.
Lue is correct in saying the Cavs can play better in Game 2, on Sunday, and give themselves a better chance to hang with the Warriors.
"I'm cool", Durant said.
But even with better execution and effort, the Warriors may simply have too much for the Cavs to handle - and it starts with KD.
Things were decidedly more frosty on Thursday, though. And with his value higher than ever, and a team that's won it all with him spearheading the charge before, what's the upside with Kevin Durant?
"I'm cool", Durant said. With the Warriors dominating the evening, she took it upon herself to serve as a one-woman cheerleading squad for the Cavaliers. Naturally, she turned to the crowd, dabbed and brushed them off.
Tristan Thompson, whose rebounding is such a huge key for the Cavaliers, was scoreless with just four boards and when he wasn't being exposed defensively, J.R. Smith was invisible and Kyle Korver provided nothing off the bench for the Cavaliers, who committed 20 turnovers.
The Cavs watched film and vowed to get back to basics and the solid fundamentals that carried them this far, especially on the defensive end. The Cavaliers were the second seed in the Eastern Conference after Boston surged ahead of them in the final weeks of the season, .