The Golden State Warriors took Game 1 of the NBA Finals playoffs game Thursday, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 113 to 91 behind the play of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. Alexa is ready to help you out.
The Warriors drew first blood with a convincing win over the East Conference champions, tying theNBA Finals record of four turnovers against the Cavs' 20 miscues.
The second game of the series gave us the best of the best at their best, even if the end fell flat. If it's not Steph Curry hitting a 3-pointer from 30 feet, he's putting LeBron James on skates and flipping in a layup off the glass.
Kerr has been sidelined since the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs after experiencing complications from back surgery. Golden State G Klay Thompson played in his 78th career playoff game, breaking a tie with SG Jeff Mullins for the most in Warriors franchise history.
Here's what you need to know about Sunday's game.
Curry wore his emotions for everybody to see, willing the unblemished Warriors even when Cleveland went on a third-quarter run after that play.
"It just didn't feel like they played hard against Golden State", Hill said. He also disallowed the Cavaliers from making him an easy defensive mark, as they had done a year ago while coming back from a 3-1 series deficit. The Warriors tallied 16 deflections against just eight for the Cavaliers and collected 22 of the 28 loose balls.He had won the first battle with King James."We had a lot of unforced turnovers". Kevin Love added 27 points and seven rebounds, while Kyrie Irving struggled his way to 19 points, shooting 8-for-23 from the field.
The conversations in local sports books aren't unlike the ones taking place in the national media, with everyone wondering how the Cavaliers can slow Kevin Durant.
There are some impressive streaks that merit some mention going into Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Curry said the Warriors block out most noise and famous faces in the audience as distractions to their focus, but take a moment to notice people they know beyond celebrity fame. His remarkable Finals return was a good sign for a Golden State team that spent a good portion of the season figuring out how four All-Stars could co-exist in one team. Defensively, I was really impressed because they did not shoot well.
Kerr coached the first two games of the first round series against Portland and then had to beg off.
"Well, I'm pretty sure that won't happen tomorrow", he said with a grin.
After Game 1, prodded by a reporter, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, tongue in cheek, described the Warriors as "the best I've ever seen".
But his defense is still as crucial as he is the rare player equally adept at controlling ball-handling point guards, chasing shooters around screens and matching up with bigger players in the post.