The Warriors, off to a 13-0 play-off start to match an National Basketball Association postseason win streak record, could become the first National Basketball Association champions to run through four play-off rounds undefeated.
Game 1 peaked with a 13.9 rating from 9:15-9:30 Oklahoma time, which would be the second quarter of what became a Golden State rout – 113-91 over the Cavaliers. They’ve gone undefeated in the playoffs after completing the best three-year stretch in the history of the regular season.
Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly.
“You take away those easy baskets and take away them having 20 more shots than we did, it’s a different ball game”, he said.
While the overall consensus was players have every right to suit up for whatever team they choose, there was some backlash that came with this decision as well.
The Warriors, meanwhile, committed just four, tying the record for the fewest in a Finals game.
After the game, James was asked about the biggest difference between these Warriors and the 73-win team he overcame in last year’s Finals. They have the tools required, including the offense, with LeBron James on their team.
“There’s no time to be disappointed”, Irving said. James and the Heat dropped Game 1 of the finals at home the next year before successfully defending their championship against the San Antonio Spurs. James has been on the losing end of Game 1 of the Finals seven times in eight tries.
“We have to do a better job of playing with more pace, attacking more”, Lue said.
In 38 minutes of action, the former MVP dropped 38 points on 14-for-26 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists.
As this highly anticipated rematch tipped off at last, the biggest difference from past year was clear. It’s been enough of a sample size to wonder if he will regain his shooting touch before the finals conclude. That will make it hard for the Cavaliers to try to turn these games into the kind of physical battles they likely need them to be to make this series competitive – or, even more simply, to even find a way to routinely guard the Warriors, who seemed to be able to overwhelm the Cavaliers’ porous defense nearly no matter what combination of players was on the court in Game 1.
Durant dominated early with dunks when the Cavs tried to guard three-point sharpshooters, only to have Curry catch fire in a 13-0 run that opened up the second half and gave the Warriors a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.
The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs and have won 27 of their last 28 overall. “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”. Game 1 averaged 496,000 streamers, up 43 percent from 2016.
The pop star provided ample entertainment during the blowout by beefing with the fans, distracting broadcasters and talking trash with Warriors superstar Kevin Durant.
Golden State’s four turnovers tied an NBA Finals low.