The Cavs, who have to play ideal basketball to beat the Warriors, did not play flawless basketball last night in Game 1, so they did not beat the Warriors. He's a top-three player all time, but he needs more than just point guard Kyrie Irving and power forward Kevin Love to help him out in the 2017 NBA Finals.
This is what fans wanted.
Durant, seeking his first National Basketball Association crown after leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State last July, hit 14-of-26 from the floor and helped frustrate James, who finished with 28 points on 9-of-20 shooting with 15 rebounds and eight assists in the first game of his seventh consecutive finals.
Perhaps the Cavs should listen to Golden State point guard Steph Curry explain his team's lowturnover rate.
The Warriors had 31 assists and only four turnovers ("I wouldn't have predicted that", coach Mike Brown said), but they also missed a handful of shots at the rim (15 layups in the first half alone) and could be better. A year ago the Cavaliers made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, rallying from 3-1 down to take the title.
Oh, he hit from long range, too.
The pop star was front and center for the much anticipated showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, and she didn't shy away from routing for #TeamLeBron and heckling Durant in the process.
The series resumes on Monday, Manila time, before it shifts to Cleveland later next week. "It doesn't hurt or anything like that". It's just trying to control that.
WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers' nine-game postseason road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers' league record, started with victories previous year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland.
Durant and James matched each other in a feisty duel. Once they made a decision to stop being so coy around the rim, Golden State pulled away. This was evident during the regular season, and especially in Game 1 on Thursday. "We didn't play as well as we know we're capable of, so we look forward to the next one".
Silver says that "from a league standpoint, you always want to see great competition".
"Overall it was a complete team effort", Green said.
Warriors Coach Steve Kerr watched the game from the locker room, unable to take the sideline due to complications from a back surgery that has sidelined him since the first round of the playoffs. Even if Cleveland sells out and gives both of them trouble, the Warriors' contingency plan features three All-Stars who can all nail threes.
The Golden State center sported a "SHAQ" hat.