Three things we learned in Cavaliers-Warriors Game 1

Durant erupted for 38 points Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and is on a quest to win his first championship.

Key role players J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Kyle Korver, and Deron Williams were a combined 1-of-14 from the field in Game 1. There's going to be talk about legacies and proclamations that this Finals series is over, forgetting, of course, that the same two teams met last season and the Cavaliers overcame a 3-1 deficit and lost Game 1. And that won't win Cleveland much in a finals that was already a losing fight for them.

After experiencing a setback midweek, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr may return as acting head coach for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, sources have told ESPN. "When you are playing against a risky 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". It was no coincidence that a concussion suffered by Love, relegating him to a lesser role when he returned, allowed Cleveland to build a much stronger defense as the series progressed. A longtime loyal LeBron James fan, Rih Rih stood strong by her team-and even took it as far as to taunt Warriors player Kevin Durant. The Golden State Warriors were utterly dominant in the series opener, and they're expected to have another big victory in Game 2 Sunday night.

"We made a lot of mistakes", Cavaliers star LeBron James said.

That certainly is what the Cavaliers are going to have to hope is the case after the drubbing they received Thursday. Hit that three in front of her and then stared her down. "No matter how many days that you have to prepare, you can't simulate what they have". "Draymond was the first one to the floor, came up with it and we were off to the races, knocking down a 3, and from there, with the fans in this building, it's tough for anyone to recover from that".

"I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled previous year, that we saw in the regular season and in 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", said James. But just because Golden State has a handsome offense doesn't mean they aren't also a strong defensive club.

Amusing thing is for Cleveland, the Cavs had the answer they needed to just that three months ago in Andrew Bogut.

And after a team has been blown out in the playoffs, history shows that team typically tries to make a statement in Game 2 that things will be different. And, given that playing that way still seems to be the best chance Cleveland has of winning this series, that is a serious problem.

  • Julie Sanders