The Golden State Warriors continued their steamrolling through the postseason with a solid 113-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were the stars for the Warriors, combining for 66 points, 18 assists and 14 rebounds. On the other side of the court, the Warriors were happy with letting Cavaliers star LeBron James do what he wanted as long as the rest of Cleveland’s players were stifled, and that strategy ended up working. In fact, James himself committed an abnormally high eight turnovers and four personal fouls in addition to his 28 points and 15 rebounds.
On Golden State, while Durant and Curry provided the majority of the scoring, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were also important in shutting down the Cleveland offense. Thompson was really bad on offense, shooting 3 of 16 from the field and missing all five of his three-point attempts last night, and the Cavaliers may be able to put more of their defensive focus on Durant and Curry if the normally hot scorer in Thompson will enter the Finals on a cold streak.
Outside of James, the Cavaliers that needed to show up for the team to have a chance against the Golden State juggernaut just didn’t. For example, Kyle Korver, who was signed to the team for his three point shooting, only took three shots in 20 minutes on the court and missed all three. Also, Tristan Thompson was relatively invisible with just four rebounds in 22 minutes, disappointing in a statistic for which he is most important to the team. James and Kevin Love picked up the slack with 15 and 21 rebounds respectively, but Thompson cannot afford to have such low numbers if the Cavaliers want a shot in competing with the Warriors for the rest of the series.