After a dunkfest in Game 1, Cavs must slow Warriors at rim


After a dunkfest in Game 1, Cavs must slow Warriors at rim

"That's when they become very risky because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the 3-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defense", LeBron James said.

(AP Photo/Ben Margot). Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant answers questions after Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

How can the Cavaliers contain Kevin Durant in Game 2? Especially if Cleveland manages to go down 3-1 in the series again.

It was part of a theme - Golden State knows it has not taken Cleveland's best shot.

But with Durant added to a mix that includes fellow All-Stars Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, this year's Warriors proved to be too tough for James and Cleveland to handle in Game 1.

It didn't go unnoticed by Durant, who seemed to stare at Rihanna after making a three-pointer.

Thompson has been cold throughout the playoffs offensively, and was held to six points last night as Kevin Durant and Steph Curry lit up the Cavaliers, but it isn't as if he didn't get his chances. "No matter how many days that you have to prepare, you can't simulate what they have", James said.

Durant, playing in his first Finals since 2012 when his former Oklahoma City team lost to Miami, scored 38 points in his return to the NBA's championship series and also stood his ground admirably while defending James.

The fan went full heel on the camera crew, as he faked them out with a Warriors shirt over a LeBron James jersey, and revealed his true fandom halfway through the interview.

With his big output in Game 1, Durant joined Hall of Famers Rick Barry, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to score at least 25 points in each of his first six Finals games.

But after winning the first two games a year ago before blowing the 3-1 lead, the Warriors aren't about to get ahead of themselves even if Cavs coach Tyronn Lue called them "the best I ever seen".

"We're just going to have to dig our feet in and be able to guard the basketball", guard Kyrie Irving said after Thursday's opener.

"I do expect them to play better", Brown said.