Defense fails Cavs in 113-91 Game 1 loss in NBA Finals

Defense fails Cavs in 113-91 Game 1 loss in NBA Finals

The pick? The Warriors have four 2017 All-Stars to Cleveland's three, so they'll win the series 4-3. They were just 12 of 33 from the 3-point line. This season, James put up 31 points against the Warriors at home on December 25 and was held to 20 points in the January 16 game at Golden State. "That led to us not being able to set our defense and get out and play in transition, play fast like we wanted to. [When you] try to do too much or rush".

The Warriors point guard has faced off against LeBron James countless times. The dropped game against Boston looked like a new game plan from the Celtics and a failure to adjust - nothing more, nothing less.

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Thompson, Smith, Korver, and Williams combined for three points. That draws defenders away from the basket. His presence also forced James to work on the defensive end, sapping some needed energy he needs on offense if Cleveland is going to keep up with Golden State.

And then this - Cleveland had nine fast-break points.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are a flawless 6-0 straight up and 4-0-2 against the spread in six road games so far this postseason. The Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 65-42 in the second half, thanks to Irving's playoff career high in points.

In Game 7, with his team in the process of blowing a 3-1 series advantage, Curry vanished like a fart in the wind. While the Warriors defense deserves credit, the Cavs aided the Golden State attack with bad passes and worse shot selection. The Cavs would make mistakes, turn the ball over and fade.

Curry's been largely mediocre in his two previous NBA Finals against the Cavs and James has historically outplayed Durant in head-to-head meetings, but Curry and Durant now have each other to rely on, which lessens the pressure on each individually. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and company have appeared to hit their stride at the right time.

So-called super teams are easier to create if players are willing to take less money than they're worth. When the season began last fall, Curry unselfishly gave up some of his own scoring chances so Durant could seamlessly find his way, not making as many 3s — or half-court buzzer beaters for that matter — and lacking the same efficiency and flair. The Warriors outscored the Cavs 42-16 in the paint in the first half.

"This is what every player wants to be, is the highest level of basketball", Durant said. But know this - there's not even a hint of panic with the Cavaliers. Durant was The Man in Game 1, as the Warriors ran a game plan which played into his hands. And the Cavaliers have a special bit of history on their side. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) talks with interim head coach Mike Brown during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 20.

Well OK, not exactlythese Warriors. This game, the site of the Warriors' Game 7 humiliation to the Cavaliers past year, was supposed to be the first time the Warriors felt any real resistance this postseason.