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Curry urged teammates to just be themselves vs Cavs

Kristopher Love | 04 June, 2017, 03:40

But according to small forward LeBron James, rust was anything but a factor, as the Warriors hustled, rebounded and took advantage of Cavaliers miscues on the way to a 113-91 victory at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Thursday night, as well as a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. "No matter how many days that you have to prepare, you can't simulate what they have", James said. After another 3-pointer later in the third, Curry turned from the basket and kicked his feet into the air, celebrating his ability to seemingly score at will against the struggling Cavaliers. Like "went to every single game before LeBron was drafted" love them. Durant isn't suddenly going to get worse, and Love isn't going to get a lot faster and more athletic.

"I'm sure they feel like they could play better but we feel like we can shoot better", Warriors interim coach Mike Brown, filling in for Steve Kerr while he recovers from complications after back surgery, said after watching Golden State shoot 42.5 per cent from the field.

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. You always, always stop the ball first. "Golden State looked disjointed and unsure of itself and with Durant's injury looming, it was hard to make sense of the team". They are the only other team to meet the Warriors in the past three NBA Finals, and for a reason. They'll likely be better on Sunday night in Game 2.

Kevin Durant rocked the rim with thunderous dunks on his way to a game-high 38 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. "We had a ton of turnovers". Previously, the league's teams, including the Cavs, would pick their poison against the Warriors, opting to leave Green or players like Harrison Barnes or Andre Iguodala slightly more open to contain Curry and Thompson. 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.

"One thing about him is he's going to keep shooting".

"We all knew and saw that they were very concerned with the 3-point shooters", Brown said.

"He can just go get a bucket", Green said. "But if that game never comes and he continues to play the defense that he's been playing, we should be just fine".

In the process, the Warriors took a step closer to confirming what many people feared going into these Finals: They simply have too much firepower for any team to contain, even a team sporting LeBron James.

There were plenty of reasons why the Warriors blew out the Cavs in Game 1.