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Cavaliers need heart, pride, fewer mistakes in Finals

04 June 2017

"They capitalized. And we get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in game two".

Powered by 38 points from Kevin Durant and 28 from Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors ripped Cleveland 113-91 in Thursday's opener of the best-of-seven championship series, aided by 20 Cavaliers turnovers to only four for the hosts.

The Warriors scored 56 points in the paint.

ESPN.com reported Kerr considered returning for Game 1 of the Finals before he had a setback on Wednesday that convinced him to let Brown continue in his role as acting head coach. They came away from Game 1 feeling as though they could have put a lot more points on the board had they not missed several easy baskets. "That's a mindset. Like I mentioned, we need to understand when to take fouls, when to be super assertive, super aggressive on the defensive end, and in the open court know how we're going to fan out to different defenders, not open up the lane for certain guys, and just make second and third efforts to get the 50-50 balls".

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The Cavaliers can level the series by winning Game Two on Sunday before the series shifts to Cleveland for two games next week.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant have had markedly different careers in the postseason, but if we compare their regular-season careers by age, we see that Durant's first ten seasons in the National Basketball Association have been nearly identical to LeBron's first ten, right down to the peaks and valleys.

"You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled past year, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out", James said. "He's grown and stepped up and been a better player off the ball, not turning his back on the ball". He also added eight rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers. Golden State had 11 first-half dunks in all, the most of any team in any Finals half in 20 years, Durant leading the way.

Mistakes by the Cavaliers with the ball and Golden State crashing the glass led to the Warriors shooting the ball 106 times compared to 86 times for the Cavaliers. First and foremost, then make sure Golden State's sharpshooters have a hand in their face. "We have to do a better job of playing with more pace, attacking more and they do a good job of switching out on pin downs".

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Durant and Curry combined for 66 points and 18 assists, moving the Warriors three straight wins from becoming the first team to go unbeaten on the way to a title.

"So it's hard for me to even tell my teammates, 'Hey, don't listen to it, ' because I don't even get involved in it".

"We all knew and saw that they were very concerned with the three-point shooters, and Kevin Durant (was) able to drive to the rim with uncontested dunks". "But we won't dirty-up the game, we just play physical". We will play better. "My heart goes out to him", NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. "But they're tough to stop, but I think we did it as a group tonight". That's something we can definitely clean up.

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.

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