Curry urged teammates to just be themselves vs Cavs

Jun 05, 2017, 01:38
Curry urged teammates to just be themselves vs Cavs

Durant lost to James and the Miami Heat in five games in 2012 and then James and the Cavs knocked off the 73-win Warriors in a seven-game thriller last June.

"Golden State, they've been the best team in our league for the last three years, and then they added an MVP", said James after the Cavs Eastern Conference Finals victory.

And stand out is exactly what Durant did. "If I score six points a game and it gets us four wins and an National Basketball Association championship, I can do that every year". They return to action against Cleveland on Sunday night in Oakland. That is, if you're on the Golden State Warriors side of things.

He started the year in Dallas, got traded to and waived by Philadelphia, and signed with Cleveland because the Cavs knew they needed - and wanted - another tough guy who could clog the lane and had playoff experience. Discounting the assists to each other, 87 points of the team's 113 points involved Durant/Curry.

Meanwhile, Cleveland, after finishing second-to-last in the National Basketball Association in defense after the all-star Break, made mistakes a junior-varsity team would defensively in Game 1, allowing multiple uncontested dunks for Durant and often looking hopelessly lost at that end of the floor.

Though, it must be noted that Cleveland did overcome a 3-1 series deficit against the Warriors in the Finals past year. "He just continues to keep shooting and stay aggressive on both ends of the floor", Durant said on Saturday during his media availability. We've got to do a better job taking that away. "I think at certain points we did that, but we have to do that throughout". But was that a preview of more to come, or can they make it worth our while?

Cavaliers leader LeBron James outlined the headache Durant and company pose for his squad after the deflating loss. The Cavs, meanwhile committed 20 turnovers leading to 21 points for Golden State. But excelling in isolation situations is what helped get Cleveland to this point of the season. Klay Thompson added fuel to the fire when he said, "Maybe he (James) just got his feelings hurt". And in order for us to be as good as we can be offensively, we have to play with pace.

Golden State dominates Cleveland in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

And it isn't like the Warriors are going to be stunned by any of this. Rivals shot only 1-for-12 against him, allowing Durant to strike for 38 points and guard Stephen Curry to score 28. "I had two charges, that's aggression".

Translation: Do anything and everything possible to stop Kevin Durant from driving through the paint and dunking at will with nobody even around him.

"We try to do it all year but this is the time of year where you need it the most. It's pick your poison". This is good news for Cavs fans, as James always calls the first game of any series a "feel out" game.

Struggling with turnovers and defensive communication, the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are counting on learning from their mistakes to fight their way back in the NBA Finals.

Golden State's talent far exceeds that of Cleveland.

Both teams are aware of the skill level they both possess and, aside from the tension, have actually had fairly high praise for each other.

"At times, yeah, there's a lot of noteworthy people that show up, especially this time of year to The Finals games", Curry said.

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