Cavaliers want to ramp up physicality but won't 'dirty up' game

Ross Houston
June 4, 2017

Not only did Golden State impose its will by mounting a 56-30 edge in paint points, but it wreaked havoc on defense and forced 20 Cavaliers turnovers.

Thursday night's broadcast, which saw the Golden State Warriors dismantle the Cleveland Cavaliers by 22 points at Oracle Arena in Oakland, delivered a 12.4/24 metered market rating - down from last year's best-ever 13.1/23 overnight rating (according to Nielsen). Sure, the Warriors won a record 73 games a year ago but in the end they failed to hold a 3-1 Finals lead as Cleveland rallied back in the series to win Game 7 and steal a title in Oakland. He adds an element to this team that not many people can add to a team. "We're real tough to beat when he's doing that".

"We could be a lot better than we were tonight", Durant said, without a hint of irony.

While an ESPN report indicated that Kerr may be back on the bench for Sunday's Game 2, his replacement Mike Brown said he's yet to hear anything of the sort. "You can't be anxious about getting the rebound yourself". "They just have too many options". "We can't play in between, that's when the turnovers happened, we have to be more decisive".

Tristan Thompson had played so good in the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs. "We can't leave points on the table".


- The fourth, Kyrie Irving didn't stop the ball as Durant sailed past. There have been some adjustments in terms of spreading the scoring load, but everyone has worked together because, as Green recently said, the Warriors are trying to build a dynasty. He was down 1-0 in all three of the series where he went on to win a ring. You don't really have to force much of the infusion of K.D. into your lineup. "When we experience that, we're able to adjust, we're a lot better". “When you play good defence and Tristan is getting offensive rebounds, that demoralizes your defence. "We just need to execute them", Love said.

"With Tristan, he's a monster on the boards", Lue said. He was taken to a local hospital where the initial diagnosis was a season-ending fractured tibia. Green told The Vertical. You go through it with us. "But for a moment, it was pretty rough news".

"There's no time to be disappointed", Irving said.

"We've got to make it much tougher on him", Lue said of Durant.

Thompson came out of Game 1 dragging the anvil of a 3-for-16 shooting night from the floor behind him. Can the Cavaliers regroup after an unfortunate Game 1?


"Someone texted me that you were repping me hard in hostile territory", Curry told Kian of bold troll job.

Many Cavs fans were left very disappointed as their squad was blown out, but no team responds better to adversity than James and the Cavaliers. It just didn't feel right. You got to make the decision that makes you happy.

Durant punished Cleveland for leaving him free, taking the ball to the hoop for emphatic dunks as a man on a mission to deliver what he came for: a championship.

No one knows with certainty what awaits in the NBA Finals, but the Cavaliers are no strangers to adversity and dismal outlooks.

Steph Curry, who also sparked the Dubs in the Game 1 win and was sitting near Durant at the presser, dished out another assist by telling his teammate "Don't get in that trap". "I know they're watching film, and something for them it's to keep me off the glass". He's like a robot. "I think, as he and I talked about, it puts this all into perspective". And it is with him. "We challenge each other as well, so, it's been a great dynamic".


"I don't even remember that", Durant said. "That's the only pressure I worry about".

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