Did Durant stare down Rihanna? Warriors star can not remember

Ross Houston
June 2, 2017

"Making the pass that's in front of you. Are you kidding me?" "Just got to stay locked in, try to minimize him as much as possible".

LeBron James had 13 points and five rebounds in the quarter for Cleveland, playing all 12 minutes. In 2016 against Portland, Thompson never scored less than 23 points.

Cleveland has 12 turnovers, Golden State only one. That draws defenders away from the basket.

Graham likes the depth off the bench and the balance that Golden State has with its lineup.

And then this - Cleveland had nine fast-break points.

Golden State has 61 shots to Cleveland's 43.

Golden State, led by two-times reigning league MVP Stephen Curry, are in remarkable form after becoming the first team in league history to enter the Finals undefeated (12-0) since the National Basketball Association went to the current playoff format in 2003.

And for those interested in the actual game, the Warriors won.

Curry made a point to do everything necessary for Durant to make a smooth transition incorporating into the offense, even if that meant his own numbers were down a year after his second MVP and another record 402 3-pointers as Golden State topped the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' wins record going 73-9. On defense, stop the Warriors from scoring close in and don't forget to defend them closely at the three-point line and stop them from running. He was truly exceptional, guarding Irving well as his key responsibility, while pestering Kevin Love at times with solid strength inside and even helping the Warriors' attempt to contain LeBron James.

LeBron James had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavs but also finished with seven turnovers.

There were a handful of times Cleveland was more focused on Curry and the 3-point shooters, but Durant made them pay with six first-half dunks. He returns this year more closely resembling the stat-stuffing machine he was in Minnesota than at any other time since he was traded following James' decision to come back to Cleveland.

"Since I've been in this league, it's hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals", guard Iman Shumpert said.

"Too many scorers and Durant improved the defense", Sampson said. A long, competitive series is something that many basketball fans are looking forward to after the two teams went a combined 24-1 through their first three series, including Lumberton boys coach Matt Hill. And the Cavaliers have a special bit of history on their side.

WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers' nine-game postseason road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers' league record, started with victories previous year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland.

Well OK, not exactlythese Warriors.

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