Showdown between Rihanna, Kevin Durant steals show in NBA Finals opener

Ross Houston
June 3, 2017

Cleveland might be thinking the same thing a day after that startling Game 1 defeat that featured 20 turnovers and Durant driving to the basket at will with nobody even close as he dunked again and again - six times in the first half alone.

The defensive woes that plagued the Cavaliers late in the regular season were glaring against the star-laden Golden State Warriors in a 113-91 loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

(AP Photo/Ben Margot). Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant answers questions after Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. "Steve just said it to our guys at the end of the game: We had a formula, and our guys did a nice job trying to follow it".

Game 2: 7 p.m. Sunday.


Cleveland went just 23-23 after January 10 and was ranked in the bottom third statistically on defense all season.

Lue also said the Cavs got "backwards" the game plan on defense, and were running out to the Warriors' shooters even when Durant had the ball and was heading toward the hoop.

"That's when they become very unsafe because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the 3-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defense", James said. "We got to stop the ball first and then fan out to the 3-point line if those guys go there". I get they have to fill multiple hours a day but would it kill First Take to not dissect Curry's and LeBron's legacies after every possession of every game and actually give it some time before declaring where somebody is in National Basketball Association history?

"Some of our lack of communication led to mistakes and led to buckets".


Former Wolves forward Kevin Love finished with 15 points and 21 rebounds. During an era in which a player's quality is often judged on scoring totals, Iguodala has kept the focus on making winning plays.

Indeed, Mike Brown has done well leading the Warriors through the playoffs since Kerr stepped aside midway through Golden State's first round series.

Not only did the Warriors match a Finals low with just four turnovers, they took Tristan Thompson out of the equation by holding him scoreless.

"There's no time to be disappointed", Irving said. We made a lot of mistakes.


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