Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Durant not fussed by Cleveland's in-your-face defence

It made for a pretty one-sided opening game.

Even then it might not be enough.

The Cavaliers got off once again on the wrong foot in the Finals due in large part to 20 turnovers and allowing the Warriors to pull down 14 offensive rebounds.

"Kevin's a competitor", Green said. Off the court the addition has had a ripple effect. He worked his way up to director of player personnel and spent the last five years as the top assistant to general manager Bob Myers. "We will play better". Well, that math works both ways.

"Most guys are self- motivated, self-driven", Curry said. "To have a game like that when he's playing that way, it's tough to beat", Golden State forward Draymond Green told reporters. Look for the four-time MVP and his troops to bounce back in Game 2 before the series heads to Cleveland.

"Even though it's an empty gym after practice, a something like Game 36 of the regular season, it's the same process". "That's one of the things that we need, a guy who can go get a bucket, get to the foul line".

The last time LeBron James went through an entire National Basketball Association playoff series without winning a road game, he was playing for Cleveland.

"It's going to be a wrestling match down there, and you have to keep it going and make it tough for them and just try to wear them out", said Cavs center Tristan Thompson, held scoreless in the opener.

"Tomorrow I got to be better, play better and just be extra active", he said. I know from past experience that one should not put too much stock in the outcome of one game, and that momentum in the Finals is often a myth.

Durant was no different when he arrived. Amazing. If the Cavs can't force some turnovers, their chance of winning the Finals is the same as the number of steals they had in Game One. "So we don't want to slow the pace". You are talking one of the best players in the game. You want to know how serious they take it. He's like a robot. "I had two charges, that's aggression". "And it is with him".

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"The narrative and people writing articles and things like that, I don't care". So no matter who it was in front of us, and it just happens to be Cleveland, yes, I want to win just as bad as if it was anybody else'. They have all produced great theater even as a generation of marketable stars have never seen the main stage.

While this could be a concern, it is more a hidden complement to the Warriors. That hasn't been an issue at all really within the roster. But having said that, this is real life. We have gotten better as the year has gone on. You don't really have to force much of the infusion of K.D. into your lineup. He's an efficient basketball player.

The Cavs are getting a heavy dose of what that means to Warriors opponents right now heading into Game 2.

Cavaliers leader LeBron James outlined the headache Durant and company pose for his squad after the deflating loss.

At least the Cavs are saying the right things.

James was asked Saturday what Thompson needs to do to be more effective. LeBron James was responsible for eight of those miscues. And he's been exceedingly consistent in it, which made his performance in Game 1 against Golden State so confounding for the Cavs.

On the surface, Kevin Love had a very poor outing in Game 1. "I'm just trying to be the best me I can be", Durant said.

Whether it was Jeff Van Gundy's remarks about the Barbadian beauty, Durant allegedly looking her way after nailing a shot on the wing, or her profane exit from Oracle Arena Thursday, Rihanna's presence was a present and members of the media still wanted to hear the Warriors talk about her sideline antics and any effects they might have had. "So at the end of the day, I know what I've done and I know what I've built". "Going into Game 2 we'll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end". "He's taken it to another level". It was just not a great game to watch for anyone besides hard-core Warrior fans. "That's what you dream about as a kid, is to play at the highest level". Guys are competing very hard.

"That's not a big deal at all", Thompson said.

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