The Cavs' defensive game plan did not work. But the Cavaliers have the advantage of knowing they bounced back from losing the first two games to the Warriors a year ago, including a 33-point rout in Game 2, and they eventually overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the National Basketball Association title.
This is the kind of ball security that warms the heart of ailing head coach Steve Kerr.
He's a factor the Cavs didn't have to deal with in the first two series of this trilogy of Finals and in Game 1 it looked like the Cavs had no idea how to go about containing him.
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. "We made a lot of mistakes; they capitalized". "So we know the gravity he pulls when he's out there, and his movement off of the ball is one of the main reasons why we're a good team".
"We're going to seek him out, get him the ball, and guys got to defend him", Green continued.
The Warriors had 42 points in the paint compared to 20 by the visiting Cavs, a 20-point differential.
The Cavs committed 20 turnovers compared to just four by the Warriors, who like to play at warp speed.
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Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, when asked after the game how well the Warriors are playing, said "They're the best I ever seen" but knows his team have more to offer. "Are we giving up runs at the basket?'" They were also held to just 34.9 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from the floor.
Being outshot is nothing new for the Cavaliers. That's when Warriors all star Kevin Durant drained a three-pointer and looked toward the Oracle Arena courtside crowd where pop star Rihanna was sitting.
Both teams entered Thursday's game with more than a week of rest.
Stories about Rihanna's hoops fan devotion to James also get ignored as he tries to win his 4th title in 8 career finals appearances.
The Cavaliers can level the series by winning Game Two on Sunday before the series shifts to Cleveland for two games next week.
"(He's) not in a great rhythm because Steph and KD are playing at a high clip, and they have been in the playoffs", Lue said.
Durant played well in his first Finals trip but didn't have the help he has now with a two-time MVP in Curry, one of the league's best two-way players in Thompson and a do-it-all demon like Green. They replaced Harrison Barnes, a good player, with Durant, an intergalactic superstar. "You can't be anxious about getting the rebound yourself". With that being said, Kevin (Love) was able to get five offensive rebounds.
"So for us, it's just about how we're going to answer the call". Things from one game to the next don't bleed over as often as media members think they do. If the Warriors slip even a little they'll get pounced on in Game 2.