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Defense fails Cavs in 113-91 Game 1 loss in NBA Finals

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Before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, Hayward took to his blog and broke down the third matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Going into game two we'll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end.

Asked if Rihanna's music was banned from the pre-game locker room musical offerings played by the Warriors, Curry said, "I don't think it was on there to begin with". "They just have too many options". "We get stops, we worry about defense first, and offensively we can move the ball around, drive and kick and try to find shots as well". But that doesn't mean the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player didn't have a little adversity in his face. But the NBA Finals were here, so of course, the Golden State Warriors swingman nailed the only shot he took behind the arc during Game 1 vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James at a press conference after game one the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

"A lot of us have been through both sides of a championship run and a Finals", Curry said.

In Game 1, Thompson went scoreless for the first time in these playoffs and was limited to four rebounds.

As the ultimate Cleveland Cavaliers fan, Rihanna was not going to miss an opportunity to support her favorite team during the NBA Finals. "I'm planning on coaching unless he or (Warriors general manager) Bob Myers tells me anything different". The Cavaliers never seriously threatened again.

"Guys just need to settle in. That's the formula for us", Curry said. "But I understand the road is very challenging, especially when you get to this level. you get to The Finals, you get to the Eastern Conference finals". They have won a bunch of games, shot a ton of threes, and are staring down Lebron James' Cavaliers on their quest to win their second title in three years. Cleveland shut down Indiana's Paul George, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Boston's Isaiah Thomas on the way to a 12-1 postseason record. It was the second-best in National Basketball Association history after the Los Angeles Lakers took 12 in a row in 2001-02. James finished with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, Irving scored 24 points and Love had 15 points and 21 rebounds. Draymond Green led Golden State with 11 rebounds.

"There's no time to be disappointed", Irving said. We got to continue to keep playing. He had 0 points and 4 rebounds.

Durant made precisely the difference Cleveland feared he might - not only performing at an elite level himself but making it hard for the Cavs to throw multiple players at Stephen Curry, who contributed 28 points and 10 assists. Rihanna's appearance in the stands as she supports the Cleveland Cavaliers doesn't bother LeBron James as he is focused on winning his 4th National Basketball Association title.

Beaten a year ago by Cleveland's historic comeback, the Warriors will try to avenge that defeat and get back on top when they face the Cavaliers again, the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals.

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