Half-court defense will be just as important for the Cavs as they gave up 56 points in the paint to the Warriors . James was everything and more for three quarters sitting down with 1:03 to go in that third frame already with a triple double but looking absolutely gassed.
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers controls the ball against Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 1, 2017 in Oakland , California . Andre Iguodala's three-pointer to end the first quarter gave the Warriors a 35-30 lead and Golden State stretched it to 60-52 at half-time. The Golden State Warriors are on a record-breaking run in the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs.
The Warriors await a possible third straight championship matchup with Cleveland, which leads Boston 2-1 in the East final. Cavaliers now lead the Eastern Conference finals 2-1. The Warriors worked to finish off San Antonio in the early stages of the third quarter, moving to a 78-56 lead on two Green free throws at the 8:25 mark.
But the Cavs have to find better combinations out on the floor right now. So the flawless playoff mark wasn't overly lauded. "He's been around, the last couple weeks especially, giving us input and giving us what he's got", Curry said of Kerr.
Kerr had his initial procedures in 2015 after guiding the organization's first championship in 40 years as a rookie coach. Before the game, the National Basketball Coaches Association presented its annual Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award to co-winners Al Attles, who led the Warriors to their first West Coast championship in 1975, and Hubie Brown, a Hall of Fame honoree in 2005.
Well, the Warriors found out the hard way that if they bring the fight to the Cavs, they better be prepared for a war. The 2017 NBA Finals begin tomorrow on ABC. Yes, Golden State is going to win this series . So let us recap these last two NBA Finals and what we can expect in this year's Finals. I didn't make a pick in The Plain Dealer a year ago, but I did pick Golden State in seven games when interviewed on the West Coast, which probably violates several rules of handicapping.
Zidane had all the right answers this season. As a player, he was in two consecutive Champions League finals with Juventus , losing both times, including to Madrid in 1998. Madrid had a lot to thank Keylor Navas for in the opening minutes. Karim Benzema picked up possession and passed to Ronaldo. With his back to goal, Mandzukic received the chipped pass from Higuain and used his chest to control the ball before hooking it over his shoulder into the far top corner.
Buffon has won eight Serie A titles, a World Cup in 2006 and represented Italy 168 times, yet there is no Champions League winners medal in his trophy cabinet and, realistically, probably never will be. "But Real Madrid have important players and when they have a player who wins the Ballon d'Or (Ronaldo) it's a huge advantage". The Italians let in more goals on Saturday than the three they had conceded in the 12 games they played to reach the final as a much-vaunted Real attack versus ...
Kohli, who on Saturday had dismissed reports of a rift with India coach Anil Kumble , was equally contemptuous of Pakistan's attack during a blistering innings of 81 not out off just 68 balls that included six fours and three sixes. He did not take any further part in the game and did not even come out to bat. The openers gave us a very good start. And we came back in, and so as a player who likes to play the long innings, till the end and usually plays like that for the team, it becomes ...
Ross Taylor of New Zealand plays to the leg side as wicketkeeper Matthew Wade looks on during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston. The rust was clearly visible and the fancied team would be hoping that the attack puts in a sharper performance tomorrow. Warner was the first dismissed for 18 off Trent Boult before Adam Milne collected two wickets of Aaron Finch (8) and surprise selection Moises Henriques (18) in back to back overs.
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue says it's good to have Golden State coach Steve Kerr back on the sideline for the NBA Finals . That is a measure of the Warriors' dominance in the first two games at home, even as they played at something less than their best in both games.
Los Blancos became the first club in the modern era to retain the Champions League after thrashing Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff - sealing a first league and European Cup double since 1958. But asked directly if there was any hope for clubs like Manchester United who want to bring him back to England, Bale said: 'I am happy here at Madrid .
Karthik staked a claim for a place in the middle-order by scoring a stylish 94 in India's big win over Bangladesh in their second warm-up game. Both, India and Pakistan , will play their first open match of the tournament on 4th June, and as always, there is a huge build up to the game and the 'mauka mauka' army is back.
Earlier, opting to bat first, the Kiwi scored 291 in 45 overs before rain came in and Australia were given a target of 235 runs to chase down in 33 overs. "Credit to them, they came out quite hard and played quite well up top and got their innings going". A wash-out against New Zealand in the tournament opener secured the Aussies a single point but it could have been worse after four of Smith's six bowlers went for more than 50 runs after the Kiwis won the toss and batted.
Not to be outdone, the Cavaliers broke a record of their own... by becoming the first team in NBA Finals history to fail to record a single steal in a game. Physicality will be there too, Irving said. Not that they're discussing it. "Yeah, you're aware of it during the game", he said. So the Warriors both won comfortably and played badly...
Durant and Curry had 15 points apiece for the Warriors in the half. Thompson emerged from a postseason-long shooting funk to score 22 points with four 3-pointers while playing more stellar defense and pulling down seven rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 18 for 43 from deep.
LeBron James has been brilliant in the first two games of the NBA Finals , which still have been lopsided losses for his Cleveland Cavaliers . Durant scored from every corner of the court. And the Warriors have 13 turnovers already, which the Cavs have turned into 17 points. Durant started the third quarter with a quick six points, including a four-point play, but also received his third foul of the night.
Harvick dealt with a loose-fitting wheel much of the first 200 laps to fall a lap down, then slipped on some slick fluid laid down by Ty Dillon to fall back further. "This place is tough", he said. But I can't say enough about my team. The caution came out at 7:53 p.m. ET, just after the caution flag involving Matt DiBenedetto's auto, which hit a wall.
The 33-year-old was unable to recover after requiring medical attention for a persistant hand issue after dropping the second set. Stosur will concede her spot as the highest ranked Australian woman to Daria Gavrilova. It's a tough changing of the guard for Stosur, with the Queenslander defeating Gavrilova in the final of the Strasbourg International eight days ago before the Moscow-born 23-year bombed out in the first round at Roland Garros .
Australia were 53 for 3 in nine overs, when the rain interrupted and the umpires called off the game. And so the points from the match were shared. "We knew they would come out as aggressive as possible and it was nice to get a couple of wickets on the board", Boult said. In fact, the only thing swinging in the early overs was Ronchi's bat, as he thumped boundaries all around the ground.
It was the first time in the Open era that two Asian men had met as late as the third round in a Grand Slam tournament. Djokovic's comeback against Schwartzman and Nadal wins in straight sets against Basilashvili. Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates winning her fourth round match against Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris , France.
One had canisters strapped to his body. "It looked like he was aiming for groups of people", Mark Roberts, a 53-year-old management consultant, told Reuters. British Prime Minister Theresa May blamed "evil" ideology for an attack by knife-wielding men who mowed down and stabbed revelers in London , killing seven , as police said they had arrested 12 suspects.
Nashville were oozing confidence at the start of the week given an impressive playoff run in which they beat two division winners in Chicago and Anaheim, and a 99-point St. Murray, who had the crowd chanting his name after stretching out to rob Filip Forsberg of a surefire goal, redeemed himself as the game wore on. The Penguins pulled even four seconds after the end of a fruitless power play.
Let's clear up a misconception: Golden State's biggest undoing on the way to blowing that 3-1 lead in last season's NBA Finals was not Draymond Green's Game 5 suspension for connecting with LeBron James' midsection. "It's not about me", Durant said. Even James admitted after the game finding a solution for Durant is not going to be easy, not even with two full days between games.
Media reports stated that a seven-year-old boy was among the five or six people seriously injured in the chaos. "I heard an explosion, which must have been a huge firecracker", a witness told La Stampa, one of Italy's daily newspapers. The incident occurred in the second half of the match, where Juventus sank 1-4 to the eventual winners Real Madrid. According to the BBC , some people were injured when a barrier around the entrance to an underground vehicle park crashed due to the ...
Kerr announced before Game 2 on Sunday that he is returning to the sideline the first time since the first round of the playoffs against Portland. The Warriors, with their 132-113 win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday night, have reeled off 14 straight postseason wins.
Thompson - who came into this game shooting 36.6 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from three in these playoffs - added 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting. James often has the ball in his hands in a point forward type role while Durant plays off-ball the majority of the time . Thursday was the first time since November 8, in a 110-106 loss to the Atlanta Hawks , that Thompson went scoreless while failing to grab at least five rebounds.
Yuvraj Singh slammed a quickfire half-century to give India the late surge. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, like they did so often four years ago, showed their potency as an opening partnership, and while one of them struggled a little to 91 runs - odd as it might sound when someone scores 91 - for India it was all about building that solid base, so that they could go slam-bang-thank-you-ma'am in the second half of the innings.
Those highlights fill up the montages and scrapbooks, rightfully revered in Cleveland from now until eternity. The Cavaliers have committed to matching the Warriors' pace and three-point shooting. The Cavs were in the same spot past year, went down 3-1 then rallied for the title. Curry had six of those turnovers. Even that might not be enough, not the way the Warriors are operating.
In the top of the eighth inning, Strickland plunked Harper on the right hip. In the eighth inning of Monday's game between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants , Bryce Harper turned an ordinary game into a Memorial Day classic.
The Golden State Warriors won't worry about how many shots Klay Thompson misses as long as he keep preventing his opponent from making them on the other end of the floor. I went over the edge before. "Or will they make it look interesting by having the Cavs win some games?" Kerr also missed the adrenaline, missed the by-play with his players and maybe most of all he missed the pure competitive juice of going move for move in the NBA Finals with a team as risky as Cleveland.
Sale struck out nine in his last start, beating his former teammates from the White Sox despite allowing six runs on 10 hits in five innings. He improved his Camden Yards career mark to 7-0. He lost two in a row before beating the Yankees 3-2 in his last start. He ended up being pulled after walking Betts in the top of the ninth. Joe Kelly came on for Price in the eighth and got two outs before Craig Kimbrel took over.
Travis, whose 13-game hitting streak ended Tuesday, snapped an 0-for-6 slump by connecting off Wandy Peralta (2-1). The ball left Donaldson's bat at 100 m.p.h. The left-hander struck out five. Rizzo doubled off Rosenthal to lead off the eighth, advanced to third on Ben Zobrist's fielder's choice grounder and scored the go-ahead run on Heyward's sacrifice to center.
Kerr has been around the team but just not on the bench during games and said he intends to coach the rest of the series. "You can talk, like, 15-0 or whatever he did, but the team was just falling apart at the seams, and so I just had to get back to make sure we righted the ship".
Ultimately I see Holloway being the aggressor and pulling out a close decision win, effectively ending the debate as to who is truly the champion of the featherweight division (at least for now). 'He gets to choose his fights, why will I cry or beg him to fight me? "I know I'm the greatest". "Right now, he does not think about fighting Conor or boxing", said Pederneiras.
James was equally spectacular with his own triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, but yet again didn't get almost enough help to keep up with Golden State's depth despite Kevin Love's 27 points and 19 from Kyrie Irving .
That basket pushed the Warriors lead to 10 as Curry let out a scream and the crowd went into a frenzy. History repeats itself. Once again, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are facing off in the NBA Finals , and once again, the Warriors have taken a 1-0 lead at Oracle Arena in Oakland , California.
That's what Golden State does. Translation: Do anything and everything possible to stop Kevin Durant from driving through the paint and dunking at will with nobody even around him. "Effort, effort, yep", Kyrie Irving said matter-of-factly. "We have to just do a better job of being direct with what we want to do". Not that they're discussing it.
Add it all up, and it means that there will be a first-time major title victor at the end of the tournament. The 14-time major victor is yet to drop a set, conceding just six games in the last two rounds as he strives to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam.
In Game 1 , the do-it-all forward accumulated 9 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. The Warriors are shooting 55 percent so far. And while there were plenty of outside factors at play that aided in Golden State's collapse, it still required a pair of virtuoso performances from James (along with Kyrie Irving ) in Games 5 and 7 to snap Cleveland's half-century championship drought.
Ronaldo isn't immune to criticism and when asked about how certain fans in the Bernabeu have reacted to him this season, he simply said that the "numbers don't lie". "We promised to return and we have returned as champions", said Ramos as the squad visited the home of Madrid's local government and the city hall.
Although the first-half appeared the two teams were equally matched, the second half proved a different story as Juventus had no answer for a dominating Madrid squad. "I can't say whether I'll stay for the rest of my life but I'm so grateful for the club for everything it has given me", he said . It was crucial for our performance in the second half'.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the FA Cup final against Chelsea after his automatic three-game ban for being sent off against Everton was upheld. We look forward to the announcement of Wenger's return, as well as the hub-bub following Arsenal's first disappointing match of the season (whether it comes in August or January).
This season has been fantastic again - we've won the league and the Champions League . He has scored 406 goals in 394 games for Real Madrid; 118 in 292 for Manchester United; five in 31 for Sporting Lisbon; and also 71 in 138 games for his country, Portugal.
Many of you will know who Rob Wilson is. A year ago, rookie Alexander Rossi got a draft from Townsend Bell, which enabled him to take one fewer pit stop than heavyweight hitters like three-time victor Helio Castroneves and former winners Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Hamlin won the third stage . Busch won the first 100-lap stages, while Truex and Harvick ran second and third, respectively. Busch almost walked away with the Coca-Cola 600 when he moved past teammate Denny Hamlin at the start of the fourth and final stage to take the lead over Martin Truex Jr .
Angelique Kerber is the first women's No. 1 seed to lose in the French Open's first round in the Open era. Kerber was not in this at all. Kerber finished the match with 25 unforced errors , after converting just two out of 16 break points.
In every game there are some crucial junctures and one of them was the Yuvi-Kohli "jugalbandi". It was a good surface to bat on at Edgbaston . Pakistan left out all-rounder Fahim Ashraf at the expense of Shadab Khan who made it into the final playing XI.
Durant and the Golden State Warriors will be favored to dethrone the James-led Cleveland Cavaliers when the best-of-7 championship series begins Thursday, June 1 (Friday in Manila) at Oakland, California. The Cavaliers are underdogs in the series , and don't have home court advantage. For the Cavaliers, back-to-back titles would be something a championship-starved city could have never expected.
They want to get physical, contest shots, somehow find a way to get Golden State out of its groove. The Cavaliers defense far more active, and at points that forced a hurried Warriors team into turnovers. The Warriors are plenty confident even if Cleveland closes out on the perimeter. They wore the black shirts while winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals previous year, and will try the look again Sunday against Golden State.