If the Warriors win in five or the Cavaliers sweep Golden State, the champion would have the best one-season playoff win percentage in National Basketball Association history.
The Warriors moved to 13-0 in the playoffs - extending the best start in any single postseason in National Basketball Association history and tying the league mark for consecutive playoff wins.
The Cavaliers entered the game 12-1 in the postseason.
Before Game 1, none other than the Golden State's star's mother, Wanda Durant, acknowledged that the relationship between her son and Westbrook, who played together for eight seasons in OKC, "seems a little off-kilter".
Not that anyone expected any different.
The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. And that's what gave Kevin a chance to get five offensive rebounds. After committing just two turnovers in the first quarter, Cleveland committed 10 in the second and another four on their first eight possessions of the third as Golden State built a 21-point lead. The entire piece is an excellent read and while we all know just how capable both the Warriors and Cavs are, it's quite interesting to hear it all from a player's perspective, especially one held in such high esteem among the Utah faithful. Second of all, one of the teams is from Oakland. "It's been working up to this point, so I can't change what I'm doing". "I got a promotion when I got to the 30s. My only motivation is to be able to compete for a championship every single year". This year all the talk is about how Kevin Durant, the Warriors big free agent signing, will tip the scale in Golden State's favor. But it's also gotten him in trouble, and he was suspended for Game 5 last season after receiving a flagrant 1 foul in the previous game. "The way ratings go in these things, two main factors play in - the matchup of teams and the excitement of play".
What a dominant NBA Finals opener with the Warriors.
The surprise may have been how dominant Durant was in his first Finals game with the Warriors.
All of LeBron James' numbers looked fantastic Thursday (28 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists) except for one, big glaring number: seven.
"You're not going to see insane celebrations, you're not going to see us getting ahead of ourselves". It's the first final with teams having a combined one loss since the 1950s.
If Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr feels well over the next few days without any setbacks, there remains some optimism he could coach Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources told ESPN. Mike Brown says he's open to anything.
IMAN SHUMPERT: I think that the foundation that he's laid on that team and the influence that he's had on that team stays with them. "So we'll see. It worked pretty well in Game 4 of last series". Golden State had 27.
The Warriors have lost once dating to March 14 and are beating teams in the playoffs by a healthy average of 16.3 points.
"But they [the Cavs] are a veteran team, they've been in this situation before, so they're definitely not going to panic, they're not going to think that we have an advantage".
Part of the problem is Cleveland also has to defend against Golden State's superlative long-range, three-point shooters as well. He has hit just 38 percent of his shots as his normally reliable jumper has failed him. Obviously shots are falling. The Cavs haven't been far behind, losing only in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final to Boston. Despite winning the 2015 National Basketball Association title, the team is seeking redemption after losing in heartbreaking fashion in the 2016 finals.