Cavs seek answers after Game 1 demolition by Golden State Warriors

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ESPN.com reported Kerr considered returning for Game 1 of the Finals before he had a setback on Wednesday that convinced him to let Brown continue in his role as acting head coach.

Maybe significantly better. Golden State got a near-flawless performance from Kevin Durant, playing in his first NBA Finals in five years, with 38 points on 14-for-26 shooting, eight rebounds and eight assists (no turnovers).

So while Rihanna grabbed many headlines following Thursday's game, we have a feeling Durant and the Warriors will take the series-opening victory.

"I mean, it's no if, ands, or buts", James said. It is what it is.

"He does seem like he's getting better, but I'm going to keep coaching until he says he can or can't".

"But that's what stands out".

James wound up with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists a day after dealing with bigotry far away from basketball. After that the Warriors did not look back, they went on to sweep the Utah Jazz in the conference semi-finals, then the San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals. The long negative spot for the Warriors was Klay Thompson, who continued his cold shooting while only scoring six points in Game 1. "There's no way you're going to win a game with 20 turnovers against this team and on the road".

"We've been here before and know there's a lot of work left to do", Curry said. That's huge for us. So that's one area we can do a better job in.

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Of course, it's tough to heckle a team that is absolutely demolishing the player and team you are there to support. As the 2nd quarter approached, the Cavs started being sloppy with the ball, tallying 10 turnovers in the quarter, but found themselves trailing by only 8, 60-52, heading into the locker room.

The first-half list of baskets for Golden State's Kevin Durant in Game 1 of the NBA Finals went like this: layup, dunk, jumper, dunk, dunk, dunk, dunk, layup, dunk, layup.

I'm not even mad, Cleveland. Sure. I suppose you can choose to view it that way.

The Warriors know better than to relax against James and their rivals, Durant said.

Durant punished Cleveland for leaving him free, taking the ball to the hoop for emphatic dunks as a man on a mission to deliver what he came for: a championship.

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will look for redemption in Game 2 on Sunday, though it remains to be seen whether Rihanna will be there looking for a little redemption as well. Don't expect Thompson to leave Golden State unless something drastic changes.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

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