The Warriors are 13-0 heading into Game 2 Sunday night at Oracle Arena, a mark no team in National Basketball Association history has achieved previously, and even though he missed a couple of first-round games with a calf strain, Durant's presence has made the Warriors downright scary.
They can't dream of concealing the most lethal offensive attack in the National Basketball Association, one that features particularly remarkable work in transition. The only make came when Kyrie Irving hit an off-balance 3-pointer while getting fouled as Thompson contested 10 of those 12 shots.
In the wake of Game 1, most of the talk centered on Durant's assertive offense, and how his daredevil dribble-drives to the cup broke down Cleveland's defense.
"He can just go get a bucket", Green said.
The Warriors took a 1-0 games lead in the best-of-seven series on Thursday after cruising to a 113-91 win in Oakland. Any trials and tribulations you go through, you don't go through alone.
Again: WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING? "There's no way you're going to win a game with 20 turnovers against this team and on the road".
The Warriors, meanwhile, committed just four, tying the record for the fewest in a Finals game. They'll get two days off to decipher what happened and do what no team has done yet this postseason: fix it. "We're a lot better".
First, look at this clip shared on Twitter by the Warriors.
Not that they're discussing it. "Right when I got on camera, I pulled my shirt up, screamed Golden State and the whole stadium started to boo". You just want to know how hard they work.
James and Kyrie Irving shot 19 for 42 between them but the sloppy ball handling allowed the Warriors to take almost as many shots - 106 - as they had points, and 20 more attempts than the Cavs' 86. "The bigs are wrestling down there, and I'm going to keep wrestling down there and get me some offensive rebounds". It also creates less opportunities for the Cavaliers to rush their shots, and as a result lose their confidence.
If there was a moment that sent a shiver through the Warriors' organization this season, it came on February 28 in Washington when Durant hurt his left knee in the second minute of that game.
"I think that's how Cleveland is going to approach it, make it a physical game", Michael Cooper, now the coach of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream who went through some epic Lakers-Celtics battles as a player in the 1980s, said before the series began.
We obviously like (Durant) said, were going to enjoy what we do on the floor and going to be passionate about it and have each others backs when were out there, but every 48 minutes is a separate event, a separate mentality, and the goal obviously is to lock in on the moment. We can't let Durant get easy baskets like that. She was also there to troll Warriors players and Warriors fans, and pretty much everyone had their eyes on her.
"One of our game plans was kind of backwards", Lue said. On Sunday, King James will try to make it 30. "So I'm glad that we got Game 1 out of the way, and to have this type of game and have an effort that we put forward, it's definitely some things that are correctable".
"Be himself", said LeBron James.