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03 June 2017, 02:24 | Nina Perez
Adding Kevin Durant, arguably the world's second best player, has tremendously bolstered the Warriors' lineup on both ends of the court and will make it almost impossible for the Cavaliers to consistently double team Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as they did in the 2016 Finals without paying a severe price.
Seeking his fourth NBA title, LeBron James had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers but also finished with seven of the Cavaliers' 20 turnovers while the Warriors team only gave up four turnovers - an NBA Finals record low - as they enjoyed their home court advantage. "That led to us not being able to set our defense and get out and play in transition, play fast like we wanted to".
James continued: "You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled a year ago, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out".
Rihanna is a well known follower of James and the Cavaliers and because of that, some believed she and Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant were engaged in some tension during the game.
Kevin Durant led the way for Golden State, scoring 38 points (14-for-26 shooting) with eight rebounds and eight assists.
Kerr's.841 regular-season winning percentage is the best in National Basketball Association history, and his playoff winning percentage of.759 is second only to Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue.
They still lead Cleveland, 55-45 late in the first half.
Cleveland has lost the opener in the Finals to Golden State for three straight years but did rally to win the championship in seven games last year. He averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then busted out for 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.
After allowing the Cavaliers 52 points on 39.5 percent shooting in the first half, Golden State held Cleveland to 32 percent shooting and 20 points in the third period. "He's competitive and he wants to win, so you can bet that he's not happy about previous year and he's going to go after thisone".
For the record, Rihanna is a massive LeBron James fan, and even bowed in his direction during the game. Golden State will try to keep him in check with Draymond Green, one of the league's best and most versatile defenders.
"Mike Brown urged Kerr to wait until game time to make a final decision about coaching Game 1, but Kerr felt he needed to string together several good days in a row before returning", wrote Shelburne. "When you are playing against a unsafe team like we are playing in the Warriors and they have great pieces, just got to stay disciplined, understand that every possession is all out".
"The best thing about tonight, obviously, was just our defensive presence and effort for 48 minutes", Curry said. The Warriors didn't just beat the Cavaliersthis night as much as they burglarized them, stealing precious territory that was not rightfully theirs.
Asked what stood out about the Warriors, James told reporters: "KD".
"That's something we have to limit going forward", Kyrie Irving said afterwards.
LeBron James had 13 points and five rebounds in the quarter for Cleveland, playing all 12 minutes. It did help that the Cavs played little to no defense right from the opening tip, a trend that has plagued them in these playoffs. So I don't really think about it much.
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