Ayesha Curry Giving Steph Motivational Speeches Before Every Game

Mike Brown planned to coach Game 1 of the NBA Finals as expected for the Golden State Warriors, with Steve Kerr likely watching again from behind the scenes as he deals with continued complications following back surgery almost two years ago.

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.

The surprise may have been how dominant Durant was in his first Finals game with the Warriors.

Forget about the action on the court during Thursday night’s opening game of the NBA Finals, did you catch what Rihanna was up to?

For Golden State, Kevin Durant scored 38 points, dished out eight assists and pulled down eight rebounds.

LeBron James had 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Cleveland. He racked up 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, but did commit eight turnovers.

Golden State are 13-0 in this year’s National Basketball Association playoffs, having swept Portland, Utah and San Antonio in the Western Conference finals earlier rounds.

When the Cavs gave help, Curry hit 3-pointers.

No one else seemed to show up with the most glaring absences being Tristan Thompson, who had no points and four rebounds and was outplayed at times by Zaza Pachulia, and J.R. Smith, who made just one basket. “That’s one of the things that we need, a guy who can go get a bucket, get to the foul line”. “I know that he wanted to, if he could, try to coach Game 1”, replacement coach Mike Brown said before the game, adding that he had no idea whether Kerr might return for Game 2.

The Cavaliers entered the game 12-1 in the postseason. Together, they average 13.7 points per game in the playoffs. “That’s what you dream about as a kid is to play at the highest level”.

The end came early in the third on a 13-0 run that quickly turned an eight-point deficit into a 21-point death blow. “So we just got to continue to play great team defense”. And Stephen Curry got loose for a series of pull-up 3-pointers when Golden State took charge in the third quarter. One of the Cavs’ strengths in this year’s postseason has been their bench, and in particular the three-point shooting it provides.

If there is a bright spot for the Cavs it is that rarely do James’ teams start out the finals with a win. 20 turnovers – compared to just four for the Warriors – and a 34.9 percent shooting night left the Cavs unable to mount any sort of comeback once the game got out of hand in the second quarter and into the third.

Thompson, who has struggled with his shot most of these playoffs, continued in that vein Thursday night hitting just 3-of-16 from the field and was shut out from behind the arc where he was 0-for-5.

“I’m sure they feel like they could play better but we feel like we can shoot better”, Brown said.

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