Warriors' Steve Kerr returns to the bench, will coach Game 2

  • Warriors' Steve Kerr returns to the bench, will coach Game 2

Warriors' Steve Kerr returns to the bench, will coach Game 2

If you only saw the final result of Game One of this year's National Basketball Association finals, 113-91, you might think that the Golden State Warriors were comfortably the better team as they look to avenge last year's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 14 games he's reached double-digit scoring just twice and his high in shot attempts is nine. They ended up going down to the tune of 113-91, but the stat sheet told the real story of the 22-point loss. We know LeBron and Kyrie are going to have the ball in their hands, but they have to run their stuff which moves the ball, shifts the defense, and then gets the ball into their hands at some point and then they can make plays for their teammates.

Team-mate Steph Curry danced circles around his defenders with some nasty crossovers, and ignited the offense with 32 points in his triple-double performance. Kyle Korver and Deron Williams both played like it was their first ever Finals game, with poor decision making and a combined 0-5 shooting.

Wednesday, June 7: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

It certainly was for the Warriors, who scored 40 first-quarter points - including 10-of-10 free throws by Stephen Curry - to take a six-point lead and never looked back.

Game 1 didn't play out the way we thought it would, or at least we hoped it would, so give me your impressions of what we saw and what stood out to you? Bottom line, the Cavaliers were engaged in a way they were not in Game 1, and while the Warriors pushed the lead out to 10 at the 2:41 mark, their eight first-quarter turnovers - double how many they had in all of Game 1 - helped the Cavaliers stay close. "I get drawn in too much of what I'm doing right now in the present and my only focus is what I can to help this team be better for game two".

The combination of Curry and Durant has been the difference in this series, with the might of two of the NBA's top five players trumping the usual dominance of James, who finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in 39 minutes. "And we get an opportunity to get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in Game 2". It's something that taught me a lot, so I appreciate it. The problem was they couldn't stop Golden State's high-powered attack. But it's going to take even more to deny him now than it did last time. Once, in a memorable hand-to-hand duel above the rim, James dunked in Kevin Durant's face. The over/under total for the game is listed at 220.5 points. "That's not a big deal at all", Thompson said.

JeVale McGee did all his damage in the first quarter, but now that we're down to the biggest final games of the National Basketball Association season, every quarter, every possession and every play is magnified.

The first thing that obviously needs to change heading into Game 2 is the turnovers.

Simply put, the Cavaliers need to be a cut above in this important Game 2.

Unfortunately the list of things for Cleveland to improve in Game 2 is long.