It was a ideal return to the National Basketball Association final for Durant, who shook the National Basketball Association world by joining the Warriors from the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, adding his spectacular pedigree to a team that won 73 regular-season games in 2015-16 and lost a seven-game final to the Cavs.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, the often delightful supporting cast for James, had 24 and 15 points respectively, but no one else was a factor. Warriors coach Mike Brown said. "I got to do my part and we all got to make it come together as a group".
According to the odds makers in Las Vegas and the number crunchers at analytical sites, the Warriors are the clear favorites to win the series after sweeping their way through the playoffs with a record-setting margin of victory of 16.3 points per game.
Ahead of this year's series, Curry says he has some swelling in his right elbow and will probably wear a shooting sleeve. Just like I've already mentioned, this is the third consecutive year these two professional National Basketball Association teams are facing off for the championship title. "I mean previous year, right from Game 1 against Houston he was injured and fighting an uphill battle". But just got to stay locked in, try to minimize him as much as possible.
Kevin Love will play at a B+ level in every game of the series but be on the wrong end of a few plays on defense that will drive NBA Twitter insane. It will mark the first time that the same two teams have played in three consecutive NBA Finals. These are the first Finals featuring a threematch, with the Warriors and Cavaliers splitting their first two title matchups in 2015 and 2016.More news: Snapchat's Spectacles arrive in the UK
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"I mean, I know what I've done, and I know the way I'm built".
While the Cavs and Warriors have played in the Finals the past two years, Durant and James met before that in different uniforms.
How complete was the Golden State domination? "He's put us in a great position". "So I feel great".
There are many storylines surrounding this year's Finals. Obviously shots are falling. Cleveland will have to slow down a team that has been clobbering teams by 16.3 points per game in the postseason. He averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then busted out for 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals. When the season began last fall, Curry unselfishly gave up some of his own scoring chances so Durant could seamlessly find his way, not making as many 3s - or half-court buzzer beaters for that matter - and lacking the same efficiency and flair.