The first-half list of baskets for Golden State’s Kevin Durant in Game 1 of the NBA Finals went like this: layup, dunk, jumper, dunk, dunk, dunk, dunk, layup, dunk, layup.

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.

Kevin Durant was the star of the show in Game 1, scoring 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting and adding eight rebounds and eight assists. “Golden State wants a finesse game“.

Translation: Do anything and everything possible to stop Kevin Durant from driving through the paint and dunking at will with nobody even around him. They’re just going to muck the game up and be physical. After that the Warriors did not look back, they went on to sweep the Utah Jazz in the conference semi-finals, then the San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals. Warriors guard Stephen Curry finished the game with 28 point, 10 assists and six rebounds. After the Warriors beat Cleveland 113-91 to open the best of seven series, we learned there may be more to the fashion statement.

“Yeah, I won’t get into that”, Durant said.

Again: WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING? “Just having a guy that has been here, done that before, has so much confidence in everything that we do and walks the walk, allows us to be ourselves and be confident in approaching game two”.

“That’s testament to where he has kept his team together and helped them overcome tough situations and still come out on top”, Brown said.

James was serious. His coach, Tyronn Lue, seemed to speak with just a hint of sarcasm when he said the Warriors are “the best I ever seen”.

If they do, the Warriors could become the first team in National Basketball Association history to make an unbeaten playoff run to the title.

Not that they’re discussing it.

Durant scored 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and passed off eight assists while Stephen Curry added 28 points, sinking 6-of-11 3-pointers as Golden State dominated Cleveland in nearly every area of the game. “So when you’re playing against a risky team like we are playing in the Warriors, and they have great pieces, just got to stay disciplined, understand that every possession is all out, and we’ll be fine”.

The Warriors are plenty confident even if Cleveland closes out on the perimeter.

The Cavs watched film and vowed to get back to basics and the solid fundamentals that carried them this far, especially on the defensive end.

Cleveland shot 11 for 31 from long range and the Warriors 12 of 33. “Of course we didn’t play our best game, and I know we’ll play better come Sunday”.

That’s why several times a year you will find Brown at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank helping get food to Clevelanders in need. “They capitalized. And we get an opportunity to get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in Game 2″. “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’re a lot better”.

“I always wanted to be like Allen Iverson as a little kid”, Curry admitted in his postgame press conference. “I had two charges, that’s aggression”. That’s like throwing the ball to Deion Sanders.


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