LeBron James led the way for Cleveland with a near triple-double, scoring 28 points on 9-for-20 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds and eight assists, but also had eight turnovers.
The Cleveland coach says Kerr is someone he respected even before he started coaching and is glad Golden State has its leader back. Thirty-eight, 8, 8, zero turnovers?
"I mean, it's no if, ands or buts".
"He's one of the best offensive rebounders in the league, so they're doing a good job of making sure they get two guys on him, two guys hitting his body to keep him off the glass", Lue said. But its something I did take notice after the game. "Just get focused on Game 2", James told reporters.
Meanwhile, Cleveland, after finishing second-to-last in the National Basketball Association in defense after the all-star break, made mistakes a junior-varsity team would defensively in Game 1, allowing multiple uncontested dunks for Durant and often looking hopelessly lost at that end of the floor.
Former coach and player Al Attles said it was "terrific" news.
"Definitely a lot of things we can correct and get better at, watch film and go from there".
Nowhere was that more apparent than previous year in the NBA Finals.
Golden State leads series 1-0.
Breaking down Tristan Thompson's Game 1. - Covers Expert Steve Merril. There was simply no way to guard him, as he was hitting on all cylinders, and became just the fourth man in NBA history to score more than 25 points in his first six NBA Finals games. On Sunday, King James will try to make it 30.
"They will create plays to stop Durant and I know Tyronn Lue is a strategic coach", Diaz said.
In order for the Cavs to get their defensive rhythm going, Love said that he and his teammates need to be much more physical and disrupt the Warriors' dynamic offense. So, I know we can play better. We got to continue to keep playing.
Draymond Green and Klay Thompson combined only for 15 points, missing 22 field goals between them, but it hardly mattered as the Warriors shot 20 more shots than Cleveland, thanks to 20 Cavaliers' turnovers against only 4 for the Warriors.
So while he was tweeting Thursday about Santa Claus and Australian Rules Football, Durant was dunking on the sort of nonexistent defense typically seen at an All-Star Game. "That's a mindset. Like I mentioned, we need to understand when to take fouls, when to be super assertive, super aggressive on the defensive end, and in the open court know how we're going to fan out to different defenders, not open up the lane for certain guys, and just make second and third efforts to get the 50-50 balls".
"Turning the ball over, that's one thing we did in Game One that we're going to be very conscious about going into Game Two, especially on their home floor", he said.
But it was Durant who left an indelible imprint on the game, establishing his presence inside early but also managing to make a few from beyond the arc.
Again, this cold streak has yet to cost the Warriors a game. The Warriors went 39-4 under Luke Walton.