Curry, Durant power Golden State past Cavs

Curry, Durant power Golden State past Cavs

Curry, Durant power Golden State past Cavs

Golden State blasted Cleveland 56-30 in that area, and seemingly had its way at the rim all night.

The Golden State Warriors asserted their dominance over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals, handing Cleveland its first road loss of the playoffs with a 113-91 result.

"KD", James said when asked what stood out about the Warriors in their runaway victory.

"That's really what it comes down to: He's healthy", Warriors backup guard Shaun Livingston said.

But the Warriors addressed a lot of this, already: They signed Kevin Durant last summer and moved him into the small-forward spot once occupied by Harrison Barnes. "We didn't play as well as we know we're capable of, so we look forward to the next one".

Before Game 1, Jefferson tried to sell the idea that Cleveland had improved with the additions of Deron Williams and Korver in place of Matthew Dellavedova and Mo Williams. They scored 21 points off 20 Cavaliers turnovers while making only four giveaways, tying the fewest by any team in any NBA Finals game.

"They're built to go to the Finals easy, what, the next five to seven years", Miller said Friday on "The Dan Patrick Show". Their play wasn't always fluid, or handsome to watch, but when the Warriors are clicking they are nigh unbeatable.

In the process, the Warriors took a step closer to confirming what many people feared going into these Finals: They simply have too much firepower for any team to contain, even a team sporting LeBron James.

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"They're tough at home", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

The problem with all trilogies is that as they go on, they get worse; just see the Back to the Future conclusion.

That certainly is what the Cavaliers are going to have to hope is the case after the drubbing they received Thursday.

Since Lue took over as head coach of the Cavaliers in January of 2016, the biggest points of emphasis on offense have been tempo and unselfishness, but neither were on Cleveland's side Thursday night. For a bit more math, Thursday's Game 1 dipped 4% from the metered market numbers of the first time the Warriors and the Cavs met up for the championship in 2015 on June 4 that year. He was 10-for-16 inside the arc in the first half and drew fouls that allowed him to make three free throws.

Kevin Durant in the Nike KD10.

It underscores the difficulty of the proposition facing Cleveland now. There's no way every Cavalier - from LeBron to the 12th man - will be a minus in the plus/minus metric, while every Warrior was a plus. Durant went off for 38 points on 14-26 shooting. In Game 1 of the Finals, Curry and Co. finally looked like the team we expected to see at the start of the season. The Cavaliers are fully healthy and the Warriors don't have any current suspensions and added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant to bring down the defending champions. I'm skeptical Love can make it work, and but if he can, these games get a lot more interesting.

"One thing about KD", said teammate Draymond Green, "is that he can get to the basket anytime he wants".

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