Cavaliers try to adjust on both ends after Game 1 beating


Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry joked about singer Rihanna after the famous Cleveland Cavaliers fan's courtside antics during the National Basketball Association finals opener. On Sunday, King James will try to make it 30.

Steph Curry was asked if her backing of LeBron and the Cavs in the series got her kicked off the Warriors pre-game locker room music list.

We have to give a lot of credit to the "vengeful" home team, which waited a year for a chance at redemption against the same squad that doused ice-cold water on its 3-1 series lead, and even grabbed the crown in Oakland. The Cavaliers would take advantage of Green's suspension in Game 5 and rode the momentum all the way to a thrilling series win in seven games. In fact, the Cavs were the better team on the offensive board, getting 15 of their 56 misses back, while GSW had 14 offensive rebounds on their 61 misses. The Warriors didn't play their best in Game 1 - something members of both teams agree on - and yet still cruised to a 22-point victory.

However, winning a championship against this loaded Golden State squad would close that gap considerably, and maybe even put him over the top in some people's minds.

Irving had 24 markers. When players like Thompson, J.R. Smith, and Kyle Korver are impacting the game it opens the floor up for LeBron and company.

When are the rest of the games? There's no way the Cavs are beating GSW with this kind of production from key players.

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The Warriors have come under a certain level of criticism this year based on their signing of free-agent star Kevin Durant this past offseason.

"I'm all physicality", Thompson said. For the Cavs to win Game 2, and even up the series, they'll need to be. Draymond Green, GSW's best defender and passer, chipped in eleven boards and nine markers. Given Golden State's absurdly good offense and defensive abilities, they simply won't lose when they turn it over just four times. Sporting News' Scott Rafferty noted how Curry's gravity in transition forced Cavs defenders to make hard choices - and how it hasn't gone well for them. Since the original surgery Kerr has been dealing with painful headaches, nausea, vomiting, an inability to balance - all the kinds of things that make having a normal life nearly impossible. Got to be better, I watched the film see what I could do, got to be more energy. "They will be way more physical".

When the Warriors didn't take the ball away, they made the Cavs work for everything.

The Warriors are the better team, but so what? Hes turned his weaknesses into strengths defensively, which werent many. They need to improve their transition defense, that's for sure. I'm a guy that plays hard, is physical and brings all energy.

And by "often" he meant, well, pretty much every time.

The 32-year-old playmaker has won a road game in 35 of 38 playoff series over his 12 National Basketball Association playoff campaigns, last failing to do so with Cleveland against Orlando in the 2009 Eastern Conference finals. Curry leads everybody with 15 points, and the Warriors became the sixth team in Finals history to score at least 40 points in an opening quarter.