"They're definitely a different team than they were a year ago", he added. Warriors forward Draymond Green was suspended for game five and Golden State lost at home, then on the road, then in an all-or-nothing game seven a year ago.
Himself a former part of a super squad with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, James now faces a tough task against the new Warriors dynamic duo of MVPs in Durant and Curry. This was answered with a definitive yes.
"I've been working on that shot my whole life", Durant said postgame.
Irving scored 16 in the third as the Cavaliers outpaced Golden State 33-22.
He's just going up against a better team. This pretty much continued throughout most of the game. Stephen Curry got an uncontested driving layup. The Cav's hung in there and played spectacular basketball. LeBron was masterful, putting up a triple double with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists.
James was splendid in the first half, scoring 27 points in a variety of ways - 3-pointers and on power drives to the basket. So even when you're playing well, you got to play like A-plus-plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they got guys that's going to make plays. It was mesmerizing how they could score like this. "Anything can happen. So I don't want to relax or feel like it's over, it's not". At the end of the 1st Half it was [67-61] Warriors. This was an emotional game for players, fans, and coaches. J.R. Smith, who had one field goal before Wednesday, scored 16.
Then again, if I hear that or how Kevin Durant is the world's best player, I'm just going to shake my head and carry on. They're now 1-12.
Yet even with this improvement the Warriors had an answer to that, the screen.
"He knows this is his moment", Kerr said of Durant afterwards.
Somehow, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving giving the Warriors their best punch, the Cleveland Cavaliers ended up being knocked senseless by Kevin Durant over the last three minutes.
Last night was like a fireworks show. Andre Iguodala pulled off his patented swipe on LeBron, forcing a TO in the game's final stop.
James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and on one trip threw the ball off the backboard to himself for a dunk.
On the verge of sweeping the Cavaliers, there will be no silver for the Warriors, only gold.
"I think that I just did a good job of not falling for any of his moves because he's real shifty", Thompson said. It came down to last possession and the Cav's hung in there. "We missed shots and they made some". James has been terrific in every contest, though he didn't get any help in the series opener. Durant and Curry are one win away from accomplishing that.
James and Irving played the entire fourth quarter, but each only made two of six shots. They know that they can do this now.