After a dunkfest in Game 1, Cavs must slow Warriors at rim

If the first game of the NBA Finals is any indication of how the rest of the series will go, this one could be over quickly. Following its 113-91 blowout win in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday, the team is a flawless 13-0 overall in the playoffs. Crowds are raucous. Rihanna is in the house.

Can the Cavs actually come back to beat the Warriors and win their second straight championship?

After putting together 12 consecutive postseason wins, the Warriors continued to wipe out their opponents.

Kerr hasn't been needed so far because Golden State hasn't faced much adversity so far in the playoffs. Going into Game 2 we'll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end. If we take care of what we're supposed to take care of, it doesn't matter if it's the '96 Bulls, it doesn't matter.

The Golden State Warriors handed the Cleveland Cavaliers a 113-91 loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, which led national columnists to praise the Warriors as "unstoppable" and lament the multitude of mistakes the Cavs committed.

But this gloomy outlook did not deter reddit user u/RDollaz to go out and support his team, posting images of Golden State's shooting guard Klay Thompson signing his team-branded toaster on March 13. Game 2 was a complete blowout as Golden State cruised to 110-77 victory and many considered Cleveland to be dead in the water.

Thompson spent the night matched up at various times against LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith and thrived in all of those situations.

The hard truth is that LeBron James and his Cavaliers are in deep trouble. Each team has claimed a title over the last two years. They forcibly slowed the game down, constraining Golden State-which would prefer the run-and-gun, razzle-dazzle style of hoops we saw in Game 1-to play a grueling half-court game.

With the Oakland Raiders just across the bay from where the Golden State Warriors play their home games, it's only natural that numerous team's players have shown up in support of their fellow Bay Area team.

Kevin Love finished with a perfectly impressive 15 points and 21 rebounds but he really failed to put his stamp on the game when he had the chance. That's Cleveland's lowest rating for a Game 1 involving the Cavs even falling below the previous market low of 34.3 for Cavs-Spurs ten years ago.

For his part, Durant refused to comment on the alleged exchange during a post-game press conference.

As for stealing elements of each others game, both admit they have found improvements in their daily routine just watching the other guy go about his business.

James said he would do his best to be ready for the series opener when his mind was elsewhere, concerned for his wife and children back in Ohio.

The Warriors not only got their 3-point shooting going in the decisive third period, but also their defense. Cleveland looked completely out of sorts defensively - reminding the world that they were the second-worst defensive team in basketball after the all-star break with a series of gaffes that would've stood out in a junior varsity game, let alone Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

"We can play better".