Yet, fair or not, something else he will always be remembered for is his costly suspension in the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cavaliers. Set aside the hyped-up Cavs-Dubs rivalry, constant talk of the trilogy, Part III. However, in lieu of a grand showdown, we got a (possibly invented) celebrity feud: It appeared that Rihanna heckled Warriors player Kevin Durant while he was shooting a free throw, and the internet, of course, absolutely lost it.
Durant was utterly dominant 11 months after leaving Oklahoma City last July to join the Warriors, while Curry found a groove once he removed the black sleeve from his shooting arm protecting his tender right elbow.
"So for us, it's just about how we're going to answer the call".
Steph Curry, who has two NBA MVP awards to his name, added insult to injury, punishing the Cavs with 28 points and 10 assists.
"We have a few guys in their first Finals, so we just have to welcome them into it and understand that this is still the same game", Irving said.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs against Portland.
"If he's not making shots, he's still a respected shooter and nobody's going to give him open shots if he starts to miss", Durant said. "They capitalized a lot on our mistakes, a lot of transition, easy baskets that we can't allow going into Game 2".
Lue won't make any changes in the starting line-up after watching a horror show game film, but he does want to see quicker decision making.
The issue is this: If the reigning National Basketball Association champions don't show some toughness - especially at the rim - soon, they won't be reigning National Basketball Association champions much longer.
"They're doing a good job of hitting him with two or three bodies to keep him off the offensive glass", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.
The Cleveland Cavaliers methodically planned for the Golden State Warriors' high-octane attack but after suffering a crushing loss in Game One of the NBA Finals LeBron James said simulating their offense is impossible.
They sure look unstoppable lately.
Thursday was the first time since November 8, in a 110-106 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, that Thompson went scoreless while failing to grab at least five rebounds. He's also capable of having good offensive games too. I have to bring more energy, make it tough for them.
How is LeBron James, arguably the best basketball player that has ever walked the Earth, supposed to beat them by himself? And if Klay Thompson breaks out of his scoring slump, the Cavs could be in for another long night. When he made his way to the bench, he sat down with the force you do when you've had enough. "They got downhill, got to the spots where they wanted to go", Love said. The Warriors tallied 16 deflections against just eight for the Cavaliers and collected 22 of the 28 loose balls.He had won the first battle with King James."We had a lot of unforced turnovers". Totals 30-86 20-25 91. It's not that simple, especially when you're going against such a well-oiled machine in Golden State.
At the time of Green's suspension, the Warriors held a 3-1 lead in the series. "We know Cleveland are going to play better".