Klay Thompson makes up for shooting slump on defensive end

Klay Thompson makes up for shooting slump on defensive end

He started the year in Dallas, got traded to and waived by Philadelphia, and signed with Cleveland because the Cavs knew they needed - and wanted - another tough guy who could clog the lane and had playoff experience.

With the Cavs not taking the ball away from them, the Warriors tied an National Basketball Association record for fewest turnovers in a Finals game with four.

Lue won't make any changes in the starting lineup after watching a horror show game film, but he does want to see quicker decision making, saying hesitation led to turnovers, and more assertive moves. "But we won't dirty up the game", he said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have only lost two postseason games this year.

"It's going to be a wrestling match", said Thompson, via Rachel Nichols of ESPN. But the same was said a year ago when the team won the first two games of the Finals against Cleveland by a combined 48 points.

That much was apparent when he was suspended from the 2016 NBA Finals for Game Five, after he smacked LeBron James in the family jewels in the final moments of Game Four.

The Warriors ripped defending National Basketball Association champion Cleveland 113-91 on Thursday behind 38 points from star forward Kevin Durant, many of them on slam dunks, and 28 by guard Stephen Curry, who sank six 3-pointers as the best-of-seven championship series began.

Kevin Durant's game-high 38 points in Game 1 was largely aided by the many uncontested dunks he was able to get early in the first half, rocking the rim continuously getting through the Cleveland Cavaliers' matador defense.

Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals
He is averaging 32.5 points per game in these playoffs, eclipsed only by the 35.3 per-game average as a spry 24-year-old in 2009. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23).

Durant's presence also benefited Curry, who hit six 3-pointers on the way to a 28-point night.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who has been feeling better lately, but whose health has been tenuous for the past two years, attended practice Saturday. "But we can play better".

Thompson added: "the most important thing is to stop the ball first, then guard their 3-point shooters". We got to continue to keep playing. Despite the King having a stellar game of his own, dropping 28 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, James understands the Wine and Gold must clean up their mistakes heading into Game 2.

"When you're playing a good team like this, you can't give them 20 more shots than you have", Lue said. The Warriors have won 9 out of their last 10 by double figures. But Curry must know that everything gets blown out of proportion even more come Finals time. The Golden State Warriors won the first game of the series.

"He's going to be fine", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

The 13-0 Warriors are on a roll and matched a Finals low with only four turnovers, and if Klay Thompson finds his shooting touch at last it could be another tough day on defense for the Cavs. "He's one of the greatest all time", Brown said. But we all know that when the series starts, the commentary will nearly certainly take a chippier tone.

There was plenty going on for Durant in Game 1 as well. No. 1 we know we've got to defend to win. "I think that (it's) just thinking about the next game, things that we can correct going forward".

Durant was utterly dominant 11 months after leaving Oklahoma City last July to join the Warriors, while Curry found a groove once he removed the black sleeve from his shooting arm protecting his tender right elbow. "So it's great to get the first game up underneath us".