Steve Kerr could return to coach Warriors in Game 2

It makes sense that the Warriors with Kevin Durant would be way better than the Warriors without Kevin Durant but there are always - even for the Durantula - diminishing returns. The struggles of Curry and Thompson in Finals past is well noted; while it looks like Curry has solved his big stage woes for the moment, Thompson is still a step behind. Or, we can look at more immediately pertinent history: through four games of last year's NBA Finals, the Warriors had blown out the Cavaliers twice (104-89, 110-77), and beaten them by 11 the other time (108-97). The Warriors tallied 16 deflections against just eight for the Cavaliers and collected 22 of the 28 loose balls.He had won the first battle with King James."We had a lot of unforced turnovers".

As both teams gear up for another familiar matchup when Game 2 rolls around at Oracle Arena, they'll need to tighten up their game execution to ensure a more hotly contested basketball game. "So I just try to focus on defense". The lapses were mostly glossed over as the Cavs streaked through the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Cavaliers shot a combined 1-for-12 on Thompson. "I don't want to feel what I felt past year and (am) going to do everything in my power to attack every game with that kind of perspective". Let Kevin Durant and Steph Curry do all the scoring.

"That's when they become very risky because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the 3-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defense", James said.

"One thing about him is he's going to keep shooting".

"We can continue to get better".

When the Cavs gave help, Curry hit 3-pointers.

James and Kyrie Irving shot 19 for 42 between them but the sloppy ball handling allowed the Warriors to take almost as many shots - 106 - as they had points, and 20 more attempts than the Cavs' 86. We'll see if she's up to the same antics Sunday during Game 2.

"Some of our lack of communication led to mistakes and led to buckets. And his defense is the reason why we're one of the best defensive teams in the league as well".

Taking care of the ball will be equally important after that became a major problem in the opener for Cleveland, which committed 20 turnovers in an uncharacteristically sloppy game. Not bad. Kevin Love contributed a game-high 21 boards, and 15 points.

Thompson is doing just that. "We just tried to make him take tough shots".

"There's no time to be disappointed", Irving said. But just as the Warriors have done all season, they kicked it into an extra gear and turned a close game into a blowout in minutes.

  • Salvatore Jensen