Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

What LeBron did moments after Cavaliers lost Game 1

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts during Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena What LeBron did moments after Cavaliers lost Game 1
Kristopher Love | 03 June, 2017, 01:21

The scary thing is Game 1 wasn't close to Golden State's best execution of defensive rotations, meaning that even if Lue shores up his schemes and his team gets the ball moving side to side, the Warriors might still have the answers.

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant shoots a three-pointer in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals against Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, yesterday. The guy finished with a game-high 38 points to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists in the Warriors' 113-91 win. It was an exploit that yielded open shots, saddled Curry with foul trouble, and sapped Golden State's most crucial offensive player.

"That's really what it comes down to: He's healthy", Warriors backup guard Shaun Livingston said. Durant, seeking his first National Basketball Association crown after leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State last July, hit 14-of-26 from the floor.

LeBron James was good, not great, during Game 1, scoring 28 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing eight assists, but also committing eight turnovers.

Those points would have been a positive for the Cavs on Thursday night.

Tristan Thompson, whose rebounding is such a huge key for the Cavaliers, was scoreless with just four boards and when he wasn't being exposed defensively, J.R. Smith was invisible and Kyle Korver provided nothing off the bench for the Cavaliers, who committed 20 turnovers.

Since entering the league in 2007, Durant has been generous with both his time and wealth, partnering with multiple organizations for the betterment of countless individuals and communities.

The Cavaliers can find solace in the fact that despite what looked to be an off shooting night for their team - 34.9 percent from the field - they still were able to hang around with Golden State shooting from beyond the arc. He scored 23 of those points in the first half, and 12 of those 23 came via dunks.

On top of that lethal two-pronged attack of Durant and Curry, the Warriors were ultra protective of the rock throughout the evening.

Anyway, was there a basketball game last night? Like "owned a Ricky Davis jersey" love them.

LeBron actually played near to Durant's level, all things considering. And he can still hit those shots. Big nights from Durant and Curry will always be a mismatch for the Cavaliers. What happens when Thompson finds his shot? In the first round of the 2016 playoffs against the Houston Rockets, Curry suffered a sprained MCL, and he didn't look like himself in the NBA Finals. Golden State had 27. Kyrie going to score, that is what he does and he's one of the best in the world at it. Yet, the series outcome ended with Cleveland as champions.

So it goes that the only realistic way to keep the Warriors in check is create enough turnovers and second chances to shoot more than they do.