The athlete balked, and Curry reminded him, "Don't get into that trap", as Durant looked down and reassured the reporter (and himself) that he wouldn't. And he is doing it often.
This is what fans wanted.
Durant dominated early with dunks when the Cavs tried to silence 3-point sharpshooters, only to have Curry catch fire in a 13-0 run that opened the second half and put Cleveland down double digits for good. It was the worst of those seven Game 1 losses (the previous worst was 15-point defeats in 2016 at Golden State and 2014 at San Antonio). And Durant's points, coupled with 28 from Stephen Curry and a thorough beatdown of a team that had won 12 of 13 playoff games, would certainly make it seem now like that decision was a wise one.
"When you turn the ball over, 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", James said. You can listen to Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers live streaming of 2017 NBA Finals by signing up with a one-time payment of $9.99.
Draymond Green picked up two fouls in the first 4-1/2 minutes. Last year, they became the first team ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals. We can easily see this feud between Rihanna and Kevin Durant growing much bigger throughout the rest of the NBA Finals is and we can't wait.
Oh, he hit from long range, too.
Stephen Curry also brought his A game. Curry made 14 of 24 shots with the sleeve and scored 36 points. "It doesn't hurt or anything like that". They did a really good job of putting us in a position to turn the ball over. It's just trying to control that.
Many fans see the showdown between Durant and James as crucial.
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Yet the Warriors have to leave them, and if they do, Golden State will likely start roasting them with three-pointers. That's where the Warriors are deadliest, on the run, and in Game 1 Cleveland couldn't slow down the express.
"Kevin's a competitor", Green said.
Steve Kerr has been inching towards a return in the past week or so, and the latest report indicates he may indeed be back for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State had 27. It was unusual choice considering McGee's very public spat with O'Neal three-plus months ago.
Okay. It's time for LeBron James' help to starting helping.
Durant made a point of attacking the rim in transition with tremendous ferocity.
McGee has emerged as a significant contributor off the bench during the playoffs for the Warriors. Steve Kerr will likely watch again from behind the scenes as he deals with continued complications following back surgery almost two years ago. Warriors coach Mike Brown said.
"This feels a lot like past year". He underwent a procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but said he is still ailing and in debilitating pain. Durant unleashed the fury of nine years with no championships, with one lopsided NBA Finals appearance. Of course, Golden State was the odds-on favorite who couldn't be stymied this time a year ago, and look what happened.
After allowing the Cavaliers 52 points on 39.5 percent shooting in the first half, Golden State held Cleveland to 32 percent shooting and 20 points in the third period. It was the second-best in National Basketball Association history after the Los Angeles Lakers took 12 in a row in 2001-02.