Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after dunking against the Cleveland Cavaliers next to forward Andre Iguodala during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017.
Curry said the Warriors block out most noise and famous faces in the audience as distractions to their focus, but take a moment to notice people they know beyond celebrity fame.
"The most important thing is the way he's defending", teammate Draymond Green said.
Kevin Love, who did the dirty work in Game 1 with 21 rebounds to go with 15 points, delicately said some players had a case of stage fright.
Game 1 didn't play out the way we thought it would, or at least we hoped it would, so give me your impressions of what we saw and what stood out to you? If it's not Steph Curry hitting a 3-pointer from 30 feet, he's putting LeBron James on skates and flipping in a layup off the glass. "Just having a guy that has been here, done that before, has so much confidence in everything that we do and walks the walk, allows us to be ourselves and be confident in approaching game two". Hes grown and stepped up and been a better player off the ball, not turning his back on the ball. He returned to the bench to coach the Warriors after missing most of the postseason due to health issues. "I've seen him grow in front of my eyes to be more than just a shooter and become a great all-around player".
Kevin Durant lit up the Cavaliers for 38 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 0 turnovers.
"I feel like it's back where it was before the Portland series", Kerr said.
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Avery Bradley was the leading scorer for the Celtics but only shot 7-19 from the field but did record five defensive rebounds. Boston led by as many as 16 points in Game 4 and once again had their bench out score the Cavaliers' bench by a large margin.
"I was happy with my performance on (the other) side of the ball, being locked in defensively". And my guy did okay while I was gone, so that was good.
"I'm going to pull out the "Win one for The Gipper" speech", he joked hours before the Warriors met the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena.
CLEVELAND (91): James 9-20 8-12 28, Love 4-13 4-4 15, T.Thompson 0-3 0-0 0, Irving 10-22 1-1 24, Smith 1-4 0-0 3, Jefferson 3-6 3-4 9, Derr.Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Dero.Williams 0-4 0-0 0, Shumpert 2-6 0-0 5, Korver 0-3 0-0 0, J.Jones 0-1 0-0 0, D.Jones 1-2 4-4 7. After all, the Cavaliers lost the first two games of last year's Finals in Oakland but came back to win the series in seven games, including the decisive Game 7 on Golden State's home floor. "He's been such a big piece of our success the last three years, obviously", James said.
Thompson still puts fear in opponents, who still believe he could break out of this slump any time.
Thursday's defensive display from Cleveland was nothing short of embarrassing, causing coach Tyronn Lue to admit his game plan was backwards. "For him to be in a slump is insane". I dont believe that. "A guy like that is never slumping".
The poor shooting doesn't mean Thompson hasn't been effective as evidenced by his plus-178 rating that trails only Curry, Green and James this postseason.
The best early sign for the Warriors: Klay Thompson, who was 3 for 16 in Game 1, connected on two consecutive possessions. He said it's tough being black in America and pointed out the obvious - we still have a long way to go on race relations. "If I played, we win of course".