Rihanna's heckling and dabbing steals National Basketball Association finals spotlight
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 19:13
"We feel like we can play much better, especially offensively, just finishing better around the rim", Curry said. "We had 20 turnovers, and there's no way you're going to win a ballgame having 20 turnovers against this team on the road".
The only other player to reach those totals in a Game 1 of The Finals is Kobe Bryant, who had 40 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the Lakers' 100-75 win over the Magic to open the 2009 championship series.
Asked if one thing stood out from Game 1, James responded with a two-letter answer: "K.D". It's why only a career night from Klay Thompson prevented the Thunder from dispatching the Dubs last season and why they only won a single playoff game this year.
"It's no ifs, and or buts", James said. It is what it is. Maybe we'll get a shot of his Corrina, Corrina screening on Sunday night.
In collapsing in the Finals a year ago, the Warriors averaged 19.6 assists and 13.6 turnovers over three consecutive defeats. He led all scorers with 38 points while also adding eight rebounds and eight assists.
"If I see a lane, I just try to attack", said Durant.
Golden State was so good that Lue called them the best team he has seen. She wanted everyone to know she was a Cleveland Cavs and James fan.
Kevin Durant finished game one of the National Basketball Association finals with 38 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.
"The shift came in the first, about, two minutes and 30 seconds after halftime", Irving said. "I think at certain points we did that, but we have to do that throughout".
"If we have that same defensive effort collectively, we'll be really tough to beat". "Great teams do that".
The issue is this: If the reigning National Basketball Association champions don't show some toughness in Game 2 on Sunday night - especially at the rim - they won't be reigning National Basketball Association champions much longer.
Late in the second half, Durant - who was locked in a duel with James - launched a three-pointer that put a final dagger into the Cavs in the 113-91 Warriors victory.
Cavs center Tristan Thompson, who is one of the Cavs' most physical players on the court, did not have much of an impact in Game 1.
The Cavs, meanwhile, have historically thrived on adversity. "But our defense allowed us to create some momentum until we got our flow". James said he would do his best to be ready for the series opener when his mind was elsewhere, concerned for his wife and children back in Ohio. "And if your mind is fresh and your mind is into it, then a lot of things take care of itself".