Rihanna Was the Real Winner of Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Iguodala's final stat line from Game 1 wasn't that impressive, though.

Acting coach Mike Brown has gone 11-0 in Kerr's place as the Warriors have swept the first three rounds of the playoffs and taken a 1-0 series lead in the NBA Finals. The start of the 2016 Finals, which had a 13.1 overnight rating, ultimately averaged 19.2 million viewers and a 7.3 rating among adults 18-49. Durant has scored at least 25 points in each of his six career Finals games, losing in his only other appearance to LeBron and Miami in 2012. We worry about defense first and offensively we can move the ball around, drive and kick and try to find shots.

His absence has not slowed down the Warriors one bit, who are 13-0 in the playoffs and rolled the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. They were not able to clinch the Eastern Conference last season, the Boston Celtics did who finished off the year with a record of 53-29.

The Warriors had 12 steals to none by Cleveland, outscored the Cavaliers 56-30 in the paint and 27-9 on fast breaks.

Despite a flurry of turnovers and multiple second opportunities for the Warriors, the Cavaliers found themselves trailing at halftime of game one by a manageable eight points. It was another dominant performance by the best team in the league. "Golden State wants a finesse game". Despite a relatively poor shooting night for the Warriors, and a remarkable number of missed layups, it was not a good display at that end by the Cavs. "There's no time to be disappointed", Irving said."They capitalized on our mistakes, a lot of easy baskets we can't allow going into game two".

The Warriors not only got their 3-point shooting going in the decisive third period, but also their defense. "As long as they stay healthy, what they have is just too much, and I think they'll walk away with the title".

All the NBA Finals talk Friday morning on social media is about Kevin Durant's apparent stare down with singer Rihanna, who was sitting courtside.

Golden State's 113-91 rout wasn't all that surprising in many ways. Last year, the Warriors had the Cavs against the ropes before Cleveland won three straight to win the championship.

The worse news for the Cavaliers and star player LeBron James was that it wasn't even the best effort for an undefeated squad whose 13-0 play-off win streak matches the longest in National Basketball Association play-off history. James and Cleveland have overcome multi-game deficits in the past, they did it last season.

  • Salvatore Jensen