Rihanna star of National Basketball Association finals opener

Golden State also won Game 1 in the previous two meetings.

That's where the Warriors are deadliest, on the run, and in Game 1 Cleveland couldn't slow down the express.Durant, seeking his first National Basketball Association crown after leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State last July, hit 14-of-26 from the floor and added eight rebounds and eight assists, his early domination including six first-half dunks, more than in any prior full playoff game. Many quantitative analyses give the Cavaliers less than a 10 percent chance of beating the Warriors in the best-of-seven series while Vegas' opening odds of Golden State winning, -320 versus the Cavaliers +260, were astronomical. Now the Cavaliers have two days to try to figure out a way to change the narrative here, and to find a way to even this series at a game apiece going back to Cleveland next week, as opposed to finding itself heading home down 2-0 to the Warriors for a second straight season.

"We did a great job of covering the 3-point line but other than that they played a hell of a game", James said.

As the ultimate Cleveland Cavaliers fan, Rihanna was not going to miss an opportunity to support her favorite team during the NBA Finals.

LeBron James had 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Cleveland.

The music star is notorious for her LeBron James fandom.

Additionally, and very much understated, was the left knee bone bruise sustained by former Warriors starting center Andrew Bogut in the third quarter of Game 5, which sidelined him for Games 6 and 7.

Not only did the Warriors match a Finals low with just four turnovers, they took Tristan Thompson out of the equation by holding him scoreless.

The Cavaliers entered the game 12-1 in the postseason. "I mean that's, we're real tough to beat when he's doing that". The Warriors scored 21 points off Cleveland miscues - a total that could have easily been higher - while the Cavs got just six off Golden State's four turnovers. Nothing Cleveland threw at Curry or Durant seemed to flummox them.

James and Kyrie Irving shot 19 for 42 between them but the sloppy ball handling allowed the Warriors to take almost as many shots - 106 - as they had points, and 20 more attempts than the Cavs' 86.

The Warriors not only got their 3-point shooting going in the decisive third period, but also their defense.

"This is The Finals", James said. Too often Golden State found the difficulty in the easiest baskets, even after first making the more challenging play to create those looks in the first place. Warriors head coach Mike Brown made a point of reference a loose ball that Draymond Green was first to the floor for just after halftime in Game 1 that led to a fall-away three by Durant moments later that sparked the Warriors' 13-0 run to start the second half. "So, yes, they added Kevin Durant; I think we added some depth". Just play as hard as you can and follow the game plan, have your mind in it.

  • Julie Sanders