Rihanna steals the spotlight from Cavs, Warriors during NBA Finals

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Diana Yukari Business Insider

The Golden State Warriors routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

The Warriors won the 2015 championship but let a 3-1 lead slip past year as James's Cavaliers finally brought the Larry O'Brien trophy back to Ohio.

Below are some of the predictions and reactions from some of the Silver and Black's players about Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Part of this is a symptom from the Cavaliers turnover issue, but on balance, they can't let Durant go this insane, especially given the fact that he had a great game as a playmaker as well.

Rihanna steals the show wherever she goes, so of course an National Basketball Association finals game was no biggie. Set aside the hyped-up Cavs-Dubs rivalry, constant talk of the trilogy, Part III.

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.

Kevin Durant (left) and Draymond Green celebrate during the second half of the Golden State Warriors' victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.

As good as Durant and Stephen Curry were on the offensive end in Game 1, that's how poorly Thompson played.

"I wouldn't have done my teammates any good if I wasn't just enjoying the moment, no matter what".

Forget all the things Cleveland did wrong offensively in Game 1 - the poor shooting, the 20 turnovers and how the bench basically contributed nothing. At his State of the National Basketball Association press conference before the game, Silver noted he is in favor of changes in the draft lottery and minimum playing age, but said he is conflicted on the paucity of competitive games this postseason leading into the Finals. "That's very apparent when you look at the film".

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But one of the great strengths of this Warriors team is that they have a way they like to play, they have players who can execute it, and if the other team can't handle what the Warriors do, the smart play is to avoid changing things just to change it, even in the Finals, even against LeBron James.

- The second, James got no help after he swiped unsuccessfully at the ball. Twenty-four of Golden State's 60 points were a result of an offensive rebound or a Cleveland turnover.

"As far as what I think happens, I see the Warriors winning in five, maybe six games", Hayward opined in the blog post.

They sure look unstoppable lately.

Four minutes into the third quarter and Game 1 of the NBA Finals was over. They'll likely be better on Sunday night in Game 2.

If you have the Warriors' shooters, and you get 20 more attempts than your opponent, it is going to be hard to lose.

The Warriors know better than to relax against James and their rivals, Durant said. We have enough guys who can score on this team that if one guy can't get it going, we can go other places and we - and then our ball movement and our flow allows everyone else to get baskets as well.

"We made a lot of mistakes", said LeBron. "Going into Game 2 we'll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end". Golden State also won Game 1 in the previous two meetings.

Actually, both teams entered this series on a basketball high, and that's why anticipation of greatness was, and perhaps still is, steep for this series. "People see so much unselfishness, they see the beauty in the pass", Andre Iguodala said. "It can scare teams at times".

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