LeBron: Durant the difference in Finals Game 1

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant denied deliberately staring down singer-actress Rihanna, a devout LeBron James fan, in the NBA Finals opener, but his glance in her direction stirred the internet.

The danger would be to read too much into the final score of Game 1, given the history between the Warriors and Cavaliers in the final.

Everything the singer did while she watched the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors was given play-by-play coverage.

And Golden State still won by 22.

Cleveland became the first team in National Basketball Association history to fail to record a steal on the defensive end in a Finals game. Set aside the hyped-up Cavs-Dubs rivalry, constant talk of the trilogy, Part III.

For context, the Warriors are a ideal 13-0 - never been done before in the National Basketball Association playoffs - are blowing out teams more so than any in playoff history on a nightly basis. Curry unleashed a series of dribbling moves, but he could not shake Love and passed to Draymond Green, who passed back to Curry. But just wasn't feeling right, just kind of a split decision, just whatever, success or not, it doesn't really matter.

But James also made eight of 20 Cleveland turnovers that led to 21 Warriors points, seven of them coming in the first half, the second most in any half of his epic career. "I know we'll play better come Sunday".

"We have to just do a better job of being direct with what we want to do", Lue said.

"And I had a natural reaction", Green said of the play with James past year that earned the flagrant foul. When the Cavs left him unguarded on the perimeter, Durant hit 3-pointers. "The bigs are wrestling down there, and I'm going to keep wrestling down there and get me some offensive rebounds".

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Thompson did not have a lot to say about Golden State's concerted effort to neutralize him. You looked toward the crowd, toward Rihanna, was that on goal?

Durant played well in his first Finals trip but didn't have the help he has now with a two-time MVP in Curry, one of the league's best two-way players in Thompson and a do-it-all demon like Green. Durant feasted when the Cavaliers overcommitted to the Warriors' three-point shooters.

They had to find that mythical switch to flip when things got serious and they certainly did, turning from a bored collection of admirable regular-season talent into the juggernaut many had feared they were in a relatively placid walk through the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors didn't face very much adversity in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals. They did it last season.

"You can not simulate what they bring to the table". "I think that now that certain guys have gotten a taste of it, even guys that have been here before. you'll see a lot better showing in Game 2 out of the guys".

"In order for us to be as good as we can be offensively, we have to play with pace".

"Take away those easy baskets and them having 20 more shots than we did, it's a different ball game", Lue said. "I don't think we attacked it as well as we did previous year, which is something we may have to make some adjustments with".

"They will be way more physical", Durant said Saturday.

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