Forget Durant versus LeBron, it's all Durant-Rihanna now


Despite being outrebounded, 59-50, the Warriors put up 20 more shots than Cleveland.

Forget all the things that Cleveland did wrong offensively in Game 1, the poor shooting and the 20 turnovers and how the bench basically contributed nothing and how Rihanna got - and merited - more commentary from ABC's Jeff Van Gundy than J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson did.

And, while the Cavs rallied from1-3 down to win last year's crown in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, it is not a hole they want to get into again, especially with the Warriors on a 13-0 run to match the NBA's record playoff win streak.

At one point, when LeBron lost a ball out of bounds, she let him know it was cool with her by bowing to the King, making Apple's Senior Vice President Eddy Cue none too happy, which you can see here.

Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis was impressed from what he saw from Warriors power forward Draymond Green.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Golden State finally warmed up after nine days off, while the Cavs had a six-day break since beating Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.

Durant scored 38 points and dunked easily, six times in the first half alone and many of which he went untouched to the rim.

"I have to be better", Thompson said. You got to make the decision that makes you happy.

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"We could be a lot better than we were tonight but in the Finals you get a 'W, ' we'll take it", Durant said.

But his defense is still as crucial as he is the rare player equally adept at controlling ball-handling point guards, chasing shooters around screens and matching up with bigger players in the post. "He's been destroying nearly everyone he's come across in the playoffs on the offensive glass, and (center) Zaza Pachulia didn't play a ton of minutes, but the minutes he played, especially at the beginning of the game, kind of set the tone for us on the offensive glass".

Local ratings dropped 7% in Cleveland, which was the lowest-rated Game 1 for the franchise, including 2007's matchup against the Spurs. "I just tried to not hang my head because of it and come back as strong as I can", Durant said of his injury.

"They're the best I've ever seen", said Lue.

"He can just go get a bucket", Green 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. They're just going to muck the game up and be physical. You go through it with us.

"I don't even remember that", Durant said.

By the time the barrage was over the result was the same as a year ago - the Warriors were leading the series and looked convincing doing it - but the challenge facing the Cavaliers in staying in contact from here on in seems even more profound. "He's grown and stepped up and been a better player off the ball, not turning his back on the ball". "But it's something I did take notice after the game".