Draymond Green: People Will Only Remember Durant Winning With Warriors

"The finals obviously are a different feel, a different moment, especially playing away from home - having to settle in, whether it's after the first quarter or first half, first game, whatever it is", Cleveland's Kevin Love said Friday. Durant replied by saying "I'm cool". While the Cavs mostly left Harrison Barnes open last season and thrived when he made just 5 of 32 shots in the final three games as the Cavs overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the title, that wasn't an option with Durant.

"We have a couple days here where we can get our legs underneath us. And if your mind is fresh and your mind is into it, then a lot of things take care of itself". "There's nothing that really needs to be said".

"We have to do a better job of getting those guys shots".

Tristan Thompson who was a rebound machine previous year in the NBA Finals went missing during game 1. They dominated because of a defense that held the Cavaliers to 34.9-percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers, including eight by LeBron James, that led to 21 Warriors points.

Those two plays happened in the first half.

Rihanna, who was sitting court side, basically stole the show from LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.

The Warriors, meanwhile, committed just four, tying the record for the fewest in a Finals game.

If this year is anything like last year, we could be in for a classic. "I mean, it's no if, ands, or buts". It is what it is. "We knocked down a three, and with the fans in this building, it's tough to recover for anybody".

Durant and Curry aside, the Cavs were often their own worst enemy. "We naturally felt like we could have played better, taken the game to them a little bit more and also play with a better pace". "He's grown and stepped up and been a better player off the ball, not turning his back on the ball. We know this series is going to be a battle against the defending champs".

"We kept fighting and fighting, but they never looked back", Love said.

Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks. You even got her to wish you a happy birthday, so what's up with the lies?

"There's no time to be disappointed", point guard Kyrie Irving said.

"We're playing a great team, we're playing the champs".

For the Cavs, the No. 1 key in Game 2 will be staying aggressive, but limiting their turnovers.

The Warriors and Cavaliers are meeting in their third consecutive Finals, a matchup many predicted when the season began after Golden State signed Durant in a blockbuster move.

"We're going to have to help him out as far as knocking shots down from the perimeter", Thompson said.

"I imagine I'm going to coach until Steve tells me he's ready", Brown said. Then our ball movement and our flow allows everyone else to get baskets as well.

The Cavs, meanwhile, have historically thrived on adversity. In Game 4, Green got a technical for kicking James and was suspended for the next game.

"This is The Finals", James said. Just play as hard as you can and follow the game plan, have your mind in it.

  • Arturo Norris