"You got to really get out here and get a chance to do it first hand".
"I think that's how Cleveland is going to approach it, make it a physical game", Michael Cooper, now the coach of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream who went through some epic Lakers-Celtics battles as a player in the 1980s, said before the series began.
"We had done a good job of limiting them to certain things going into halftime. and then coming out of halftime, they just jump on us". In fact, they would be go on to win the series in seven games, giving the city its first National Basketball Association championship.
The Cavs put up 40 or more threes 11 times during the regular season. But we all know that when the series starts, the commentary will nearly certainly take a chippier tone.
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. Yet if the Warriors want to beat LeBron James' Cavs for the second time in three years in the Finals, that's where they must keep such thoughts - a secondary topic.
"Effort, effort, yep", Kyrie Irving said matter-of-factly. That changed dramatically - and so did the margin of the Golden State lead - when the Warriors had a pair of 3-pointers apiece in 13-0 and 13-1 third-quarter flurries that buried the Cavaliers.
Not that they're discussing it. "But we got to do a better job putting the ball in the basket".
Durant matched his postseason career high with 38 points in Game 1 to go with eight rebounds and eight assists, becoming the first player to post a 38-8-8 or better since Kobe Bryant went 40-8-8 in the 2009 Finals against Orlando.
The Warriors are plenty confident even if Cleveland closes out on the perimeter. Golden State is a different team now with Kevin Durant on board.
The Cavaliers admitted that Golden State's defense - aggressive and using their athleticism and length - made them indecisive at points.
"What's our record now without me, like 800-12?" quipped Kerr, who missed the first 43 games during last season's record 73-win campaign. They managed only 21 points, 16 rebounds and twice as many turnovers (four) as assists.
Thompson added that even if he cannot secure rebounds in Game 2, he has to focus on at least getting in position to potentially tip the loose ball out to a teammate so he can get the rebound and retain the possession. "You just can't forecast that". Join the King James Gospel team! It isn't time to rest yet because Golden State still has a lot of work left to do, it's a very good start. "I couldn't really care less", James said. "I had two charges, that's aggression". I can take those. But I also had some where I got caught up in the air, trying to make some skip passes, and they were able to pick them off.