Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for Warriors

  • Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for Warriors

Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for Warriors

Golden State had only three offensive rebounds in the second half, but they still took 106 shots compared to 86 for the Cavaliers.

The climax of the season started last night in Oakland, where the Warriors hosted Cavaliers, and convincingly won against the last year's champions. "Making the pass that's in front of you". Some questioned if the pressure of the Finals would be too much for him. The other nine players who saw time for Cleveland went a combined 7 for 31 from the floor - including 3 for 15 from 3-point range. They made eight more turnovers in the second half.

But one of the great strengths of this Warriors team is that they have a way they like to play, they have players who can execute it, and if the other team can't handle what the Warriors do, the smart play is to avoid changing things just to change it, even in the Finals, even against LeBron James. The latter category was especially problematic, with Golden State holding a 42-16 scoring advantage during the half.

Oddsmakers have the Warriors favored to dethrone Cleveland as the Cavaliers did to them a year ago, but the snub gives the Cavs something else to prove. Golden State had 27. Matt Barnes provided the Warriors' final points of the evening on a three-pointer with 1:17 remaining, as Golden State's reserves finished off the eventual 113-91 victory.

"First of all, we got to stop the ball in transition", James said. Curry made 14 of 24 shots with the sleeve and scored 36 points. "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".

Oh and while they're at it, maybe figure out what to do about Kevin Durant.

If the sports historians are to be believed, Steph Curry and LeBron James' showdown in the 2017 NBA Finals is one for the ages, a NBA rivalry on par with Celtics/Lakers, Pacers/Knicks, and Bulls/Pistons faceoffs of years past.

Kevin Durant drove through the paint repeatedly with dazzling dunks and wound up with 38 points.

Durant, however, felt the game wasn't as simple as it may have seemed. Durant had the same number of assists on 31 non-Durant baskets. And even that was mostly of the frustrated variety. "I know that he wanted to, if he could, try to coach Game 1", replacement coach Mike Brown said before the game, adding that he had no idea whether Kerr might return for Game 2. And the Cavaliers have a special bit of history on their side.

While the Warriors are making National Basketball Association history as they did previous year, they know the feeling will be bittersweet without a title.

Well OK, not exactlythese Warriors.

The biggest difference, of course, is that Durant was a Thunder in 2012. That Game 1 trend is 3-9-1 O/U since the 2004 finals.

And it works both ways. The Dubs don't have to scramble, and you get baited into turnovers.

And the Grammy-winning artist hasn't let up on her vocal support since, with last night being no exception. Not to marvel at themselves the way the outside world does.

The reporter then told Durant the exchange was blowing up on social media.

There were titters at the press conference. But the coaching gaffe deflated your team, right from the get-go.

Golden State is a ideal 13-0 in these playoffs, matching the longest winning streak in postseason history.

Curry, who had 10 assists, sparkled in the third quarter, his 3-pointers capping a 13-0 run to start the second half that produced a 73-52 lead. They did a really good job of putting us in a position to turn the ball over.

"I know we will play better".

"I feel very good about our chances".

Anything to stay locked in.