The 4th straight meeting between these two teams in the NBA finals. Cleveland winning in ’16 and Golden State winning in ’15 & ’17.
For Cleveland Lebron James was a one man wrecking ball of force. James playing with hell in his belly as he played easily one of his best games of his career.
As we take a look at his stat line
51P 8R 8A 1B 1S
5 – T/O
-13 on the court
For the Warriors they won with there big 4.
As we take a look at what Curry and Durant did in game 1 as they were the top scorers.
26P 9R 6A 3B
1 – T/O
+17 on the court
29P 6R 9A 1S
2 – T/O
+10 on the court
Lebron was unstoppable getting to where he wanted to go in game 1. Continuing where he left off by mixing it up on how he wanted to score. As a fan of basketball seeing Lebron this locked in and focused. By putting his team on his back was amazing to watch. The first 3Qt’s his efficiency was outrageous as he was shooting above 60%.
Kevin Love added 21 P but didn’t seem to matter much. Bright spot for the Cavs is Larry Nance Jr as he looked fresh coming off the bench with 9P and 11R. Cleveland was running good offensive sets which lead to players being wide open but were missing shots.
The pace of the game was played at the Cavs speed. They carried the lead most of the game. Of course they were moments during the game when the warriors would go on quick scoring runs and would take the lead easily. 4.2 seconds of the game and a missed Free throw opportunity to put the Cavs ahead. The costly mistake by Jr Smith by dribbling out the clock force overtime.
As soon as overtime started Cleveland looked completed defeated.
Could the play of JR Smith haunt this series?
Golden State did not play very well. They survived Game 1 on their home court . Kerr went deep in his bench searching for a spark plug and he got that from Shaun Livingston as he was 4/4 with 10P. Klay got hurt in the 1st qt by JR Smith and we saw him limping off the court. He still managed to return and play as he scored 23P in 45Min. Green showed out almost posting another triple double.13P 11R 9A.
I would give the warriors an B performance
I would give the Cavs an A- performance.
What did you think about the game?
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