NBA Finals/Golden State Warriors Game 1 Commentary: Warriors establish why this series could go four or five games

June 1, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Kyle Terada/Pool Photo via AP)

by Barbara Mason

It was the night that basketball fans everywhere had been waiting for. It was a week that seemed far longer than only 7 days, more like a lifetime. Fans filed into “Roaracle” Arena for Game One as the Golden State Warriors took on the Cleveland Cavaliers, meeting in the finals for the third time in a row.

It was the expected slow start for both teams as they shook off the nerves that a game of this caliber brings even for the most accomplished athlete. That slow start quickly vanished quickly as neither team was able to establish much of a lead, trading the lead back and forth with each possession. With one quarter in the books, Golden State was leading Cleveland 35-30 and by halftime the Warriors had an eight point lead 60-52. Kevin Durant was tearing up the court with 23 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. Durant had 6 dunks in the half. Steph Curry had 12 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. LeBron James had 19 points, 4 assists, and 11 rebounds. Kyrie Irving had 17 points, 2 assists, and 1 rebound. Kevin Love was coming up big with 8 points, grabbing 12 rebounds.

Golden State could have put this game away with the 7 turnovers that LeBron James himself committed. The turnover ratio was an amazing 12 to 1 in favor of the Warriors.

The Warriors would start the third quarter with a turnover and it was off to the races for Golden State. The largest lead of the night came with 9:45 left in the third quarter prompting a Cavalier time-out. Golden State came unleashed as the third quarter wore on. Going into the 4th quarter the Warriors were leading 93-72 as they broke this game open. While Klay Thompson and Draymond Green didn’t have a lot of success point wise, their presence alone made them invaluable. The Warriors had to hang on one more quarter to take the first game of this series. The way this team had played through three quarters; they looked unbeatable as they continued to stuff James. They had neutralized “the King.”

The fourth quarter was all Golden State as they took Game One 113-91. Without a doubt Kevin Durant was the best player on the floor finishing with 38 points. If Cleveland cannot protect the ball, it will be a long long series for the Cavaliers. The crucial Game Two will be played on Sunday and the Cavaliers will be looking to steal one at Oracle. Golden State continues their amazing unbeaten streak in the playoffs.

 

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