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Defense fails Cavs in 113-91 Game 1 loss in NBA Finals

Defense fails Cavs in 113-91 Game 1 loss in NBA Finals

The latter category was especially problematic, with Golden State holding a 42-16 scoring advantage during the half.

This week, the 6 God went to Instagram with a throwback pic of himself and Finals-related caption.

The Warriors are set to embark on their journey to reclaim the National Basketball Association title against the current defending champs, starting with Friday's (AEST) Game 1, and Golden State might get a familiar face back on the sidelines very soon.

Well, then perhaps he should have been at the Future concert outside of Akron on Saturday night, because LeBron James and the Cavs were having plenty of fun on a night off.

Stephen Curry also brought his A game. "I think when you're the prohibitive favourite against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, that means you're a heck of a team, and they sure are". Curry connected seconds later on his sixth 3-pointer of the night, and just like that Golden State's lead was back to 87-68. That kept the margin tight on both sides of the scoreboard before the Warriors concluded the period with a 35-30 lead. Cleveland isn't star poor with James, Love and Irving.

They have become the modern-day Lakers and Celtics, who met six times in the Finals during the 1960s and three times during the 1980s. 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.

Golden State has not yet lost this postseason, and are considered the favorites to hoist the trophy. The Cavaliers gave up 22 points in the paint, and let the Warriors turn eight offensive rebounds into 12 second-chance points.

LeBron James tops Michael Jordan as all-time playoffs scoring leader
According to Cleveland .com, James' teams are 1-10 in the playoffs when he scores 15 or fewer points. Cleveland won by one point on Christmas Day and Golden State prevailed by 35 points on January 16.


But the Cavs are down by just eight at the break, 60-52. "My heart goes out to him", NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.

Last year, the Cavaliers battled back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Warriors on their home court at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

Steph Curry is gearing up for a shot at redemption as the Golden State Warriors prepare to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second year in a row at the NBA Finals.

"Those are two big household names, so we know you guys and the fans are going to want to see that and pick up on it", said acting Warriors coach Mike Brown, facing a Cleveland franchise that fired him not once but twice.

Game 1 is Thursday at Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won their first championship previous year by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals. Yet he hadn't felt well enough in the previous days to feel like he was ready.

This marks the first time in National Basketball Association history the same two teams played in three straight Finals and just the fourth time it has happened in the four major sports leagues. The last time it happened in any major North American team sport came in 1954-56 when Detroit and Montreal squared off in three straight Stanley Cup Finals.

STRAIGHT SHOOTERS? All-Star Klay Thompson is shooting 38 per cent from the field in the post-season and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala is just 3 for 27 from 3-point range.


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