Turnovers doom Cavs in 113-91 Game 1 loss
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 0:07
The four turnovers tied the record for the fewest from a team in NBA Finals history, while the turnover margin was the largest in the last 30 Finals.It's almost silly to talk about a guy resting who is playing just under 41 minutes a game in the playoff thus far, but Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue does not hide the fact that more is going to be expected of LeBron James now that the Finals have arrived.Retaining Livingston is not a slam dunk, but if Kevin Durant does decide to take less money, it would be easier to keep the 6-foot-7 point guard. She bowed to James in the fourth quarter, and waved away a Warriors fan who told her to sit down. Cleveland just does not have the defensive acumen to keep pace with Golden State if the Warriors are halfway competent offensively.
The first game of the 2017 NBA Finals series kicks off on Thursday night, and The Cetureon will bring you everything you need to know about Warriors vs Cavaliers Game 1. Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Curry have all looked strong during the playoffs, and it's not hard to see how the Warriors could turn that momentum into a championship.
Durant had six dunks in the first half alone to match his most ever in a game, Curry hit six 3-pointers and the Cavaliers looked like the team that stumbled down the stretch in the second half of the season.
Durant made a point of attacking the rim in transition with tremendous ferocity. From the opening tip the Warriors had one goal-unleash their new weapon-Kevin Durant. His 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting did all the talking. If they get creamed, Boston fans might use the transitive property and comfort themselves knowing that if Cleveland slaughtered us, Golden State would have slaughtered us more (if that's even possible).
Curry had a game-high 10 assists, and Durant accumulated eight rebounds and eight assists. Ironically, he coached Cleveland and a young LeBron James in the 2007 NBA Finals. This is the first time in the history of the NBA that two teams have faced off in three consecutive NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers entered the game 12-1 in the postseason. Kyrie Irving on the switch - he moved the ball generously, tallying six assists in the first half and finished the game with eight. After a Cavs turnover - one of their 20 - Durant sank a 3-pointer, turned to the crowd and soaked in the adoration as Cleveland turned to a timeout, down, 105-84.
Overall, Cleveland was careless with the basketball and nobody outside of its big three was stepping up. When the Warriors won a record 73 games in the 2015-16 season, Kerr missed 43 games and assistant Luke Walton compiled a 39-4 record.
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.
Klay Thompson is beyond lost and everybody knows it.
GOLDMAN: Golden State Guard Shaun Livingston confirmed - the Warriors with Mike Brown on the bench are not missing out when it comes to the nitty gritty of coaching. He's become the odd man out in Golden State with Durant being fully integrated in how the Warriors do things.
The Warriors not only got their 3-point shooting going in the decisive third period, but also their defense.