Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener

Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener”

After Golden State's 113-91 win, Robert Littal of Black Sports Online asked Durant about the extended look in Rihanna's direction.

Music star Rihanna made sure Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant knew where her allegiances were placed during game one of the NBA Finals in Oakland. "Like I said, we had 20 turnovers, and there's no way you're going to win a ball game having 20 turnovers against this team and on the road".

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavs are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine road games, 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall but just 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss.

In NBA history, no team has won more games in a three-year span.

The most notable comeback is the Los Angeles Lakers' turnaround from a 34-point thrashing in Boston to start the 1985 Finals.

"I felt like in transition they were running out to the three-point line", Durant said.

Some of us feared that the despite our longing for this NBA Finals rematch, the new Warriors were just too good to give us a classic battle against anyone. Both did and suddenly the middle of the court was wide open and Durant went in for another uncontested dunk.

Rihanna and the Warriors' Kevin Durant engaged in some tension during the game.

Stephen Curry was awesome too, and he didn't get punished much on defense because Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green (the latter two of whose shots were off) defended the hell out of the Cavaliers, forcing tough shot after tough shot.

By night's end the Cavs turnover total was up to 20, the Warriors a Finals-record tying low of four.

Instead of strict spread pick-and-roll, more misdirection and player movement from the weak-side is needed to force the Warriors to make complex rotational decisions and occupy the attention of the help-side rim protection.

James wound up with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists a day after dealing with bigotry far away from basketball.

The lead got as big as 24 but was in double digits from the early portion of the third quarter and never did get back below 12.

Even Curry played a scrappy defensive game, attacking the Cavs offense before they could set it up. "We can play a lot better". In reality, they are one of the best defensive teams in the league, which is one reason they are 13-0 in the playoffs after winning 67 games in the regular season.

The freakish situation started late in the third quarter when somebody sitting in the front row shouted "Brick!" as Durant was shooting the second of two free throws. "They capitalized. And we get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in game two". "That's what you dream about as a kid is to play at the highest level".

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