Curry urged teammates to just be themselves vs Cavs
Jun 05 2017 by Elias Hubbard
MGM's sportsbook has taken six times more bets on the Cavs than on the Warriors since Game 1, with an average ticket of $200 on Cleveland.
They combined for 66 points and 18 assists in a 113-91 Game 1 thumping Thursday night against LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers, who must find a way to defend the high-flying Durant when the best-of-seven series resumes Sunday at Oracle Arena.
"He's a great player", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "They capitalized", James said. They also want to be more physical on defense and to play at their tempo on offense. They were going on a run and he picks up a foul and gets to the line. "So, guys have to be reminded, I got to be reminded against this team, you got to go balls out".
The Cavaliers got off once again on the wrong foot in the Finals due in large part to 20 turnovers and allowing the Warriors to pull down 14 offensive rebounds. "They're just going to muck the game up and be physical". Kevin Durant scored 38, Curry went 6-of-11 from deep, and the Warriors only turned the ball over 4 times on their way to a commanding 22-point win. See, the greatest thing about what happened on June 1st is that we still have yet to see both of these teams perform at their peak in the same game for our entertainment. "With him being probably one of the best scorers in the National Basketball Association, you can't give guys like that easy opportunities at the basket".
The Cavs committed 20 turnovers for 21 points (the Warriors, meanwhile, tied an NBA Finals record low with four turnovers). They want to create fast-break opportunities and slow Golden State down.
"Effort, effort, yep", Kyrie Irving said matter-of-factly. "A high-IQ guy, fits right into the mold of what we do here". There Curry was asked whether or not the team banned Rihanna's music from the locker room after she heckled Durant.
Not that they're discussing it.
Friday, June 9: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.
"It just speaks volumes to who he is as a player".
The Warriors are plenty confident even if Cleveland closes out on the perimeter. They flipped the script on Golden State, attacking them in this area they're supposedly so good at, the transition play, and it worked.
The Cavaliers, playing their first game in almost a week, denied rust was a factor in Thursday's 113-91 loss and simply tipped their cap to a talent-rich Warriors team that have won all 13 of their playoff games this year.
Meanwhile, Cleveland, after finishing second-to-last in the National Basketball Association in defense after the all-star break, made mistakes a junior-varsity team would defensively in Game 1, allowing multiple uncontested dunks for Durant and often looking hopelessly lost at that end of the floor. You don't really have to force much of the infusion of KD into your lineup.
Thompson got that reminder in Game 1 and in case he missed it big brother LeBron is telling him again. "You just can't forecast that".
The honesty is appreciated, but it seems insane to say the series loss was one of the worst things to ever happen to you, blame yourself for it, and then claim you would do it all over again if you were in the same position. On Sunday, King James will try to make it 30.
"We made a lot of mistakes". LeBron James will have something to say about that over the next two weeks. "They did a good of sending, whether it was Zaza [Pachulia] or [Javale] McGee, with another guard, sending two guys to box me out".