See What LeBron James Did Moments After Game 1 Loss
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 9:49
After the game, James was asked about the biggest difference between these Warriors and the 73-win team he overcame in last year's Finals. Kyrie going to score, that is what he does and he's one of the best in the world at it. So often in his career, Durant had been unable to surmount James. But as the Cavaliers woke up Friday morning and tried to process what happened in the 113-91 beatdown they suffered at the hands of the Warriors in Game 1 of this year's NBA Finals Thursday night, they found themselves in a hard position: The one strategy they know has worked against Golden State in the past is also one Cleveland is unable to go to again. He also added eight rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers. His 38 points on an efficient 54% shooting answered questions many people had about how the superstar would respond when standing just 4 wins away from the only acceptable result this season.
Spurred to elaborate, James broached the unavoidable, obvious element hovering over the series. After he made both shots, Durant glanced toward the singer.
"I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled previous year, that we saw in the regular season and the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out". "That's what stands out". J.R. Smith opened the scoring with a three-pointer at the 10:26 mark of the first quarter, after which Zaza Pachulia and Kevin Durant responded with consecutive buckets to jump in front. The third chapter of this rivalry promised us an exciting narrative for years to come.
But as the Cavaliers attempt to figure out what changes they can make, only one thing seems certain: last year's blueprint doesn't seem to be workable with this year's team.
San Francsico-Oakland's rating was also down from a year ago falling 6% below the 32.8 it received in 2016. Their teams had met 23 times before Thursday night, and James's had won 18.
In their nightmares the Cavaliers will see Durant sprinting down the middle of the court, and slamming down an uncontested dunk.
"Just because he's not hitting shots don't mean we're going to stop going to him", Green said. But the geometry of the rosters have pitted him against James. That's huge. I think everyone always - you just are looking and waiting for that game of where he just goes off.
In 2015, the Golden State Warriors hoisted the Larry O'Brien trophy. "When you are playing against a unsafe team like we are playing in the Warriors and they have great pieces, just got to stay disciplined, understand that every possession is all out". For the Cavaliers to compete, James must dominate. They'll adjust their schemes and game plan to try to at least get rid of some of the easy opportunities they gave the Warriors. He's LeBron James. He can, you know - you guys know what he can do.
It'll be Durant and not erstwhile Warrior Harrison Barnes attacking the Cavaliers from all angles.
"Overall it was a complete team effort", Green said. "I haven't heard anything from him". And Andre Iguodala switched between Kyrie and LeBron because KD was able to take LeBron. Top two players at their position, who wouldn't? "It can scare teams at times".