Rihanna Was the Real MVP of the NBA Finals' Game 1

We were able to lay out the roadmap for a Cavaliers upset, and Game 1 confirmed most of what we thought going in. "I pride myself on not turning the ball over and I did it too much". "Love Connection" (0.8, 2.9 million) was down from its premiere last week, but in fairness it aired at the same time as the beginning of Game 1.

And, while the Cavs rallied from1-3 down to win last year's crown in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, it is not a hole they want to get into again, especially with the Warriors on a 13-0 run to match the NBA's record playoff win streak.

That's not to say Thursday's loss wasn't in the least bit concerning, but James has been in this position plenty of times before. "So I'm glad that we got Game 1 out of the way, and to have this type of game and have an effort that we put forward, it's definitely some things that are correctable".

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, sidelined by complications from 2015 back surgery, reportedly is feeling better and could return for Sunday's second game of the NBA Finals. The speedy Warriors' fast break proved more than Cleveland could silence. What they feared was adding Durant's 38/8/8 to a Warriors team that was already at the top of the league.

The game was close throughout the first half, with the Cavs only being down by 8 at the end of the first half, yet the Warriors pulled away nearly immediately to open the third quarter.

"We could be a lot better than we were tonight but in the Finals you get a 'W, ' we'll take it", Durant said. Rihanna apparently heckled Durant and he gave her a look and shook his head. We've got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us. Cleveland hit 11 of their 31 three-point shots, Golden State hit 12 of their 33 (six of which came from Curry).

Rihanna's support for James has dated back to his first championship ring while playing for the Miami Heat in 2012. "We had a ton of turnovers".

Durant claimed that he didn't remember staring down Rihanna, but that answer is unsurprising from him. If any team is capable of stopping the Warriors, it would make sense to be Cleveland. They can shoot the ball from the perimeter. The first thought by many is that there might not be enough basketball to go around and get Curry, Thompson and Durant their shots, but the Warriors' brand of basketball and selflessness should negate that obstacle, on top of being a great defensive team.

  • Julie Sanders