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

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

"They're the best I've ever seen", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "It's going to get harder and harder as we go when the stakes rise, but you have to stay focused".

The Cavs were shredded in transition (27 fast-break points for the Warriors) and in the paint - where Golden State poured in 56 points.

The Golden State Warriors entered their third straight National Basketball Association finals Thursday evening in a familiar position. The Golden State Warriors, favored and playing at their home court in the Bay Area, downed the defending National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers to start a championship series initially predicted to go all the way to Game Seven. "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".

The Warriors host Cleveland Sunday in game two.

They combined for 66 points and 18 assists in a 113-91 Game 1 thumping Thursday night against LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers, who must find a way to defend the high-flying Durant when the best-of-seven series resumes Sunday at Oracle Arena.

"We were victims of ourselves", James said.

"You can't play with pace when you turn the ball over", James said. "As players we do a pretty good job of being able to tune out noise and distractions and stuff on the fly when we need to be able to do what we do on the floor, but still enjoy the atmosphere of the stage that we're on". Love simply has to win that matchup enough to force Golden State to scramble.

Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals
Lue is a stickler for detail, and he won't cut any corners preparing for another dance with the Warriors. Smith (who has somehow managed to go 0-for-6 picking the victor of the past six NBA Finals ).

LeBron is apparently notorious for his NBA Finals Game 1 losses, as he is a whopping 1-7 in his career.

With a dynamic starting lineup of players in their primes - along with the talent they have coming off the bench - the Warriors do have the making of a dynasty as Van Gundy alluded to.

"I don't even remember that", Durant said. Everything the singer did while she watched the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors was given play-by-play coverage. We have to get the matchups we like and take advantage. He was held to 38 points, eight assists and six monstrous first-half dunks.

The Cavaliers, playing their first game in almost a week, denied rust was a factor in Thursday's 113-91 loss and simply tipped their cap to a talent-rich Warriors team that have won all 13 of their playoff games this year. The only make came when Kyrie Irving hit an off-balance 3-pointer while getting fouled as Thompson contested 10 of those 12 shots. Here's what they have this time that they didn't have last time: Durant, a healthy Stephen Curry and a Draymond Green determined to play every game of the Finals. "I'm just here to play ball and compete for a championship". "But one thing about us, it's all about us".

"Effort, effort, yep", Kyrie Irving said matter-of-factly.

The Warriors didn't lose a single game in the first three rounds of the playoffs, becoming the first team since the 2000-01 Lakers to enter the Finals undefeated.

Durant dominated early with dunks when the Cavs tried to silence 3-point sharpshooters, only to have Curry catch fire in a 13-0 run that opened the second half and put Cleveland down double digits for good. "We had a ton of turnovers". "I'm the coach until they tell me I'm not".