The Cavaliers will need to find an answer for all of the different problems posed by Golden State's offense by then, and if they can't, we could see the Warriors make history by becoming the first team ever to go undefeated through an National Basketball Association postseason before the week is finished.
Kevin Durant joined an already star-studded Warriors lineup from Oklahoma City at the end of last season to win National Basketball Association championships and the superstar forward showed he's prepared to get there as quickly as possible after dominating the Cavs in Game 1. "To have a game like that when he's playing that way, it's tough to beat", Golden State forward Draymond Green told reporters.
"I know (Durant's) ready for that challenge", Curry said of the matchup with James, the reigning Finals MVP. They've got some heading into Game 2, but they vow to be much better.
But his defense is still as crucial as he is the rare player equally adept at controlling ball-handling point guards, chasing shooters around screens and matching up with bigger players in the post.
"It didn't feel any different as far as play calls and things we need to do", Green said when asked about how Kerr's return impacted the game.
The second half started much the same way, the Warriors pushed the lead out to 10 again, Cleveland clawed back to keep it close (aided by a number of Warriors missing very good look threes). In Game 2, Durant scored a team-high 33 points on 13-22 shooting.
"Are you a smart guy?" he shot back. "I know he didn't lose confidence in himself, at all, and knew he was helping us win, even though he wasn't shooting the ball well". After he committed eight turnovers in Game 1, James vowed to be better in Game 2, and he was, recording his eighth career triple-double in the NBA Finals, tying Magic Johnson for the most all time.
Kevin Durant and Steph Curry each had 15 points for the Warriors.
Not that they're discussing it.
"We're a team that plays with pace".
That collective defensive effort saw the Cavs shoot just 34.9 percent as team, well below their postseason average of 49.5 percent that's tied with the Warriors for the league's best.
At the same time, Golden State will hope Klay Thompson will break out of his shooting slump after an unproductive series opener.
Kerr took over as the Warriors' head coach in 2014, leading the team to an NBA championship in his first year and to three straight NBA Finals appearances. If you can't punish them when the Warriors go small, then you are nearly certain to lose the pace and shooting game, which is exactly what happened in Game 1.
That's when things really got ugly. We'll see how he and the Warriors do when Game 2 tips off at 8 p.m. "You just can't forecast that". And that would be to win just one game. On Sunday, King James will try to make it 30.
"We made runs, cut it to four (points). couple of turnovers, couple of miscues defensively and they made us pay for it".
"There were opportunities, but they did a good job boxing me out", Thompson said. "But it's something I did take notice after the game". Those are like pick sixes. After a loose ball foul following the Love miss, Irving gets a look from just outside the free-throw line that Thompson again contests and it leads to another miss.
"I'm going to pull out the "Win one for The Gipper" speech", he joked hours before the Warriors met the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena.
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