Warriors humble Cavaliers then warn best yet to come
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 0:12
That was the day that Kevin Durant announced he was going to be signing with the Warriors.
The teams are meeting in the NBA Finals for an unprecedented third straight year.
Durant finished with 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead Golden State past LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-91 on Thursday night in Game 1.
Previous year the Cavs and the Thunder were able to mitigate the destructiveness of the Curry-Draymond pick and roll by sticking a mobile big man on Draymond.
But Curry never had to get hot from 3 because he just stayed hot, carrying over his scorching stroke from the last round to plant six of his 11 3-point tries on Thursday, giving him an NBA-high 59 made 3s in 13 playoff games.
According to police, an unidentified person spray painted the N-word on the front gate of James' $20 million home in the Brentwood neighborhood Wednesday morning.
LeBron James wanted to be with his family, to hug his wife and three kids back in Ohio.
Durant punished Cleveland for leaving him free, taking the ball to the hoop for emphatic dunks as a man on a mission to deliver what he came for: a championship. Korver, a three point marksman in the league, went 0-3 while Williams, a former All-Star, went 0-2.
Yet the Warriors have to leave them, and if they do, Golden State will likely start roasting them with three-pointers.
When the Warriors are firing on all cylinders like they were Thursday night, it's hard to imagine any team overcoming such a talented force, even a team with King James on the roster. Why do we believe this one will be different when history has given us many examples of it not being great?
The Cavs were actually successful in limiting the Warriors three-point game, holding them to just 10-for-30 from behind the arc but losing the turnover battle by such a large margin made this one nearly impossible to win for the CAvs. Then on the other end, he guarded LeBron James for long stretches and held his own there. He shot 14 for 26 in his fifth 30-point performance this postseason, receiving a rousing ovation when he sat down for good with 2:16 remaining.
As a whole, Cleveland's bench shot just 6-for-24. Needless to say, those numbers are a tad low for someone who is allegedly an All-NBA quality player.
The Cavs, of course, became the first team in National Basketball Association history to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals and beat the Warriors.
Golden State found little resistance against a Cleveland defense that had stood strong against Eastern Conference foes. They scored 21 points off 20 Cavaliers turnovers while making only four giveaways, tying the fewest by any team in any NBA Finals game.
Mike Brown expects to coach the Golden State Warriors as planned in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. James also passed Reggie Miller (320 3FGM) for 2nd place on the NBA's all-time postseason three-point field goals made list. You got to really get out here and get a chance to do it firsthand. "My heart goes out to him", NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. He became the first player in National Basketball Association history to reach 6,000 career playoff points with his fifth point of the night.