Warriors smash Cavaliers in NBA Finals opener

LeBron James 2017 NBA finals Game 1

"That allowed the others to bring the ball up, and in a lot of cases it was Kevin Durant, it allowed him to be able to dribble drive to the rim with uncontested dunks". "They're going to make tough shots, they're a talented team, they have two of the best scorers in the league, so you got to just keep pressing, sticking to the game plan, but focus what's in front of you". James said he would do his best to be ready for the series opener when his mind was elsewhere, concerned for his wife and children back in Ohio. And yes, Durant is aiming to get his first title ever so the Warriors definitely have better motivation.

"Obviously what we went through the last two years, you learn from that and you grow", he told reporters. "They're 13-0. They're constantly breaking records every year".

"He was unbelievable and I expect nothing less in the rest of the games", said Warriors forward Draymond Green. Once during the first quarter, Durant toppled James as he blew by him, then drove in for a dunk.

Hey Cleveland, you're not in the East anymore: The Cavaliers blew through the Eastern Conference during the playoffs, going 12-1 on the way to their third straight trip to the Finals. "I'm sure LeBron probably thinks he could play better, and you tip your hat off to KD".

Why isn't LeBron guarding Durant?

His 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting did all the talking.

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In the postseason, the Warriors are led by Steph Curry's 28.5 points per game. He shot 11 for 22, 6 of 11 on 3s. I'm expecting a closer contest this time, but I still have the Warriors winning by double digits in the end.

It's been 16 years since Hampton, VA native Allen Iverson played in the 2001 NBA Finals.

Kerr hasn't been needed so far because Golden State hasn't faced much adversity so far in the playoffs.

No one else seemed to show up with the most glaring absences being Tristan Thompson, who had no points and four rebounds and was outplayed at times by Zaza Pachulia, and J.R. Smith, who made just one basket. The speedy Warriors fast break proved more than Cleveland could silence.

Late in the fourth quarter, a steal from James by Ian Clark set up a no-look pass from Curry to Durant, who sank a 3-pointer and shook his head in awe of his hot hand. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 67 of the Cavaliers' 91 points.

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