Ironically, James' Finals record is often compared to West's, who went 1-8 in the NBA Finals thanks to a string of Finals defeats at the hands of Bill Russell's Boston Celtics. Many of those uncontested. Whenever the Warriors needed a bucket, it seemed they could get one at the rim (or just throw the ball to KD). But I think having guys that get so excited about a good play, a good block or a good rotation or a good shot or dagger shot. But should he? Many thought James would retire in Cleveland, but some questionable signings and bad chemistry with the organization may mean it's time to jump ship. again.
The Cavaliers quickly established the lead in the game's opening minutes, scoring on their first five possessions, which included back-to-back 3-pointers by Kevin Love and J.R. Smith to open the game. "Everybody else on the court kind of plays off each other well".
LeBron was brilliant early in the game, being aggressive and attacking downhill, getting into the lane and not settling for threes.
But the Warriors were stunningly efficient in the paint - 11 of 12 shooting in the first quarter.
Durant's last basket was eerily like a 3-pointer he made late in game three a year ago against the Cavs that clinched a Golden State victory. Smith looks like he wants to be anywhere but Oracle Arena at that moment in time, but the main point of the video is LeBron, who asks Tyronn Lue if they Cavs had a timeout. Hood responded with 15 points and six rebounds. "I didn't want to run there and shoot a bad shot, fall on the ground and they got numbers going the other way so I made a decision to pull up".
Curry, who already owns National Basketball Association 3-pointer records for a season and consecutive games among others, delivered deflating blows time and again to the Cavaliers.
Cleveland raced into a 16-4 lead in the first half, the highlight being James throwing a pass to himself off the backboard and finishing with a dunk. "He just never gets exhausted, even when he's been out 2 1/2 weeks".
The Warriors are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central. They led by 13 in the first half.
The Cavs' big man, who has been targeted defensively by the Warriors over the course of the rivalry, was relentless in the first half.
Curry, sharp-shooting Klay Thompson, fiery Draymond Green and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala make up an All-Star-studded squad trying to repeat after James thwarted that quest two years ago when the Cavs stopped the defending champs.
It's a notion that later made Durant laugh.