Turning Point - It's essential to "stay attached" to the high-powered Warriors - not allowing them to bust an otherwise tight game wide open. The Cavaliers won the title past year because LeBron James was the best player in the series.
The Warriors had four consecutive dunks in one stretch of the first, Kevin Durant finished the period with 10 points and five assists, and Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer at the buzzer of the quarter gave the Warriors their biggest lead. Golden State's general manager offered some encouraging words as Thompson, sitting in front of his locker, nodded along.
In response, the Warriors signed eight-time All Star Kevin Durant, a move that paid dividends on Thursday as the seven-foot forward put up 38 points on 14 for 26 shooting. But who could have imagined the Warriors shooting a collective 3-for-13 from three-point range in the first half and still taking control of the game? "Definitely a lot of things that we can correct and get better at when we watch film tomorrow and go from there".
It's another element of the formula Kerr and his staff believes will work against any team: Play nasty defense, and the offense will follow.
However, three telling team statistics from Game 1 can't be overlooked.
"This is the Finals, and we don't care about making mistakes, just play as hard as you can and follow the game plan, have your mind in it".
James had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, the first time in his career he managed a playoff double-double before halftime.
"It's great to get the first game up underneath us".
Durant's only other Finals ended at the hands of LeBron and Miami in 2012. And chatting with some media members, most of us agree that Cleveland has become the tougher arena to play in.
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The Warriors made 12 steals to none by Cleveland.
Lue was at the helm of the Cavaliers when they fought back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in last season's Finals.
Back in 2015, when the Warriors and Cavs first met in the Finals, it was revealed that the singer rooted very loudly for her favorite player, LeBron James, despite being seated next to VIPs, such as the owner of the opposing team.
Meanwhile, as James struggled with Durant, with no backline help, Durant and the Warriors layered their defense vs. James, with Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green contesting behind Durant.
The game opened with both teams looking rusty after the lengthy layoff - but with Golden State, in particular, looking like a group feeling the weight of the moment.
"We could be a lot better than we were tonight but in the Finals you get a 'W, ' we'll take it", Durant said.
"When you're playing a good team like this, you can't give them 20 more shots than you have", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. He had 28 points, including 6 3-pointers, 10 assists and 6 rebounds on the night.
"Another thing we talked about was keeping them off the offensive glass and Tristan Thompson's a load", Brown said. "We've still got a long way to go to win this series".
"It's not easy at all", Durant said postgame when asked on how easy his teammates make the game for him.