The Warriors remain perfect in the NBA playoffs (13-0), with dominant, 23 point game 1 victory against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The story of the game was the Warriors defense which forced 20 Cavaliers turnovers. The Warriors held the Cavs to 89 points on 35% shooting. You can’t turn the ball over 20 times against Golden State and expect to win. They will make you pay every time.
As great as the Warriors are offensively, it’s there defense that truly makes them a complete team. Draymond and Klay both do an excellent job setting the tone of defense. Durant’s defense has vastly improved since he joined the Warriors.
Kevin Durant was spectacular tonight with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assist. Durant is the ultimate difference maker in this series. The Warriors are heavily favorite in the this Finals and it’s has a lot to do with KD and the mismatch advantage he posses. Curry added 28 points, 10 assist and 6 rebounds.
In last year’s NBA Finals, the Cavs back off of Harrison Barnes and dared him to shoot. Durant took the challenge tonight and torched the Cavs defense all night.
Even though the Cavs are down 0-1 in the NBA Finals, and got outplayed by the Warriors there still in a good position. The Cavs lost game 1 of the NBA Finals last year, and overcame the first ever 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship.
Despite Lebron’s 8 turnovers he played a stellar game with 28 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assist. Irving and Love had 24 and 15 points respectively. In order for Cleveland to win game 2, they have to cut down on there turnovers, get more scoring from the rest of the team, and find a way to make life harder for KD.
This NBA Finals Trilogy is just getting started. Game 2 will tell a much bigger part of the story.