Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener

  • Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener

Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener

Durant's presence has made Curry the No. 2 option but the former two-time MVP looks comfortable in that role. One of the keys in their comeback was Barnes becoming a non-factor.

Adding Kevin Durant to Warriors-Cavaliers III, based on this one small sample, is what it might have been like dropping Tony Montana into "Godfather III". He couldn't do anything to slow down Durant and he had eight turnovers, twice as many as Golden State had as a team.

Stephen Curry in Oakland, CA, USA, June 1. Cleveland was able to reduce its deficit down to 12 on a Kyrie Irving layup with 3:05 left in the period, before then watching Golden State effectively put the game away by scoring 11 of the next 12 points. But he is the most important player in the series, especially how the Warriors deployed him in Game 1.

The Warriors' biggest lead was five, the Cavaliers' was four, there were five lead changes and five ties.

Durant, who missed 20 games during the regular season with a sprained knee, was simply spectacular in his Warriors championship series debut. Thanks to his Instagram story we know exactly what he was watching: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

Golden State's talent far exceeds that of Cleveland.

And for those interested in the actual game, the Warriors won. No doubt James was otherworldly and Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving sensational, yet the absences of Green and Bogut were profound. Then he wanted some size. You're not going to see us getting ahead of ourselves.

Durant was a threat to score that many in Game 1.

By the end, the Warriors had blown out the Cavaliers. Golden State did everything correctly. "You know they're not going to give up at all", he said on court. "Uncharacteristic with the number of guys that turned the ball over, but we have to credit those guys for creating some of the turnovers".

The Cavaliers managed to hang within 60-52 at halftime despite committing 12 turnovers and letting the Warriors grab 11 offensive rebounds.

JaVale McGee gets up to deny Tristan Thompson at the rim.

Golden State is a flawless 13-0 in these playoffs, matching the longest winning streak in postseason history. The Warriors might be too much of a good thing, which could prompt viewers to reach for the remote, which is not the kind of drama the league has been pitching.

The Warriors on the other hand believe that their defense is their best offense. These NBA Finals may finally allow Durant to rise above James, even if he stands on the shoulders of the Golden State Warriors. He finished with 38 points on a variety of jumpers, runners and flying slams - and with apologies to Shaquille O'Neal, several were Superman-esque.

Elo has nothing to do with highly orchestrated British pop bands of the '70s but is rather a rating system that calculates the relative skill levels of players, teams or franchises in competitor-versus-competitor games. All of which is to say, a close series isn't necessarily built off close individual games. He gets his in the flow of the game.

This is true, but James also just flat-out got beat on plays. A video game simulation has them going the distance.