LeBron James: 'Got to figure out how to combat' Kevin Durant, Warriors
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 2:51
"They're the best I ever seen", Lue said, flatly, during his postgame remarks when a reporter asked him to comment on the Warriors record 13-0 start to the postseason. "I mean, no other team has done this, right?" It is what it is. Durant scored 17 seconds later, and would continue to get rolling from there. Kevin Durant was a force throughout, leading all scorers with 38 points to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists. His romps to the rim in the first half (six dunks) exposed a Cleveland defense that over-fretted about the Warriors' long balls.
Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks.
"Overall it was a complete team effort", Green said. "That's when they become very unsafe because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the 3-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defense". That's huge for us. We'll have our answers after the best-of-seven games series. To have a game like that when he's playing that way, it's tough to beat.
Here are nine takeaways from Game 1.
"Our first half was sloppy on the offensive end, we were missing a lot of lay-ups", said Curry. "That's what you dream about as a kid, is to play at the highest level".
Their good news? The reasons they lost were pretty clear.
Also, as expected, Golden State showed it has more ways to defend James than Cleveland has to guard Durant.
For the high individual usage type of offense Cleveland runs with James and Kyrie Irving to work against a defense as good at overloading against the ball-handler as Golden State's, there has to be tremendous execution. The four turnovers tied the record for the fewest from a team in NBA Finals history, while the turnover margin was the largest in the last 30 Finals.It's almost silly to talk about a guy resting who is playing just under 41 minutes a game in the playoff thus far, but Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue does not hide the fact that more is going to be expected of LeBron James now that the Finals have arrived.Retaining Livingston is not a slam dunk, but if Kevin Durant does decide to take less money, it would be easier to keep the 6-foot-7 point guard. Cleveland looked completely out of sorts defensively - reminding the world that they were the second-worst defensive team in basketball after the all-star break with a series of gaffes that would've stood out in a junior varsity game, let alone Game 1 of the NBA Finals. "You know they're not going to give up at all", he said on court. "You're not going to see insane celebrations. The challenge for us is are we going to go out and do it again".
"We're going to enjoy what we do on the floor and be passionate about it and have each other's backs when we're out there, but every 48 minutes is a separate event, a separate mentality".
"We made a lot of mistakes", LeBron James said after Thursday's loss. Steph Curry added a double-double performance of 26 points and 10 assists with six rebounds and three steals for Golden State, which is now 13-0 in the playoffs. Totals 45-106 11-16 113.
The one play that was a microcosm of this game occurred in the first half when Durant grabbed the rebound and pushed the ball - all the while his eyes on Curry on the left side hoping LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would bite.