Durant explains why a slumping Klay Thompson is still key for Warriors
Jun 04 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Durant's defensive work helped frustrate Cleveland star LeBron James, who finished with 28 points on 9-of-20 shooting with 15 rebounds and eight assists in the first game of his seventh consecutive finals.
OAKLAND -J.R. Smith summed up the theme of numerous Cavaliers the past couple of days, that they beat themselves more than the Warriors beat them in Game 1.
Everybody talks about Draymond Green's suspension and LeBron James' chasedown block, but the biggest reason Golden State collapsed past year was Curry's injury.
"There's a lot of different footwork drills and stuff that I've never done before, that he has learned along the way", Curry said Saturday of Durant. They'll get two days off to decipher what happened and do what no team has done yet this postseason: fix it. They're going to be way more aggressive in the pick-and-roll on the offensive end and defensively.
That doesn't mean they won't try to copy their performance, maybe with a little more success scoring inside.
Thompson was one of three Warriors to average over 20 points per game during the regular season with 22.3, joining Durant and Steph Curry.
"So if we limit them to one shot per possession, we can control the pace a lot better and honestly still play at a high tempo", Cleveland's Kyrie Irving said. "The fan in me would love to see more competition at times", he said, "but on the other hand, I think we should also celebrate excellence". "He's so capable and so good at doing that, no matter who we're playing, against any team in the league".
Spears, citing a source close to Kerr, reports that the Warriors coach could return to the bench for Sunday's Game 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Game 1 loser, however, has won four of the last six Finals series entering 2017. And he can still hit those shots.
"Overall it was a complete team effort", Green said.
"Just make them feel us".
Not that they're discussing it.
"Having film to go back and watch, make adjustments from, get used to the tempo and so on, will allow them to come in feeling better about their game plan".
Cleveland shot 11 for 31 from long range and the Warriors 12 of 33.
The final outcome was all but a formality by the start of the fourth quarter as the Warriors forged 21 points ahead. "I know he wants to do better, but we're not really anxious about it".
"We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us", he said. "So, guys have to be reminded, I got to be reminded against this team, you got to go balls out". "You just can't forecast that".
The Grammy Award-winner is a LeBron James superfan, so she was in attendance for Game 1 to support King James. We saw Curry crack under pressure in the Finals past year when pressure got tight. "I had two charges, that's aggression". "But it's something I did take notice after the game".
In their nightmares the Cavaliers will see Durant sprinting down the middle of the court, and slamming down an uncontested dunk. Those are like pick sixes.