The 2017 NBA Finals are off to an incredibly petty start

02 Juin, 2017, 12:34 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

"I'm sure LeBron probably thinks he could play better, and you tip your hat off to KD".

But with Durant added to a mix that includes fellow All-Stars Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, this year's Warriors proved to be too tough for James and Cleveland to handle in Game 1. So conditions were ripe for this.

He's still three wins away from that elusive first title, but if the Warriors get it and he continues to play at this kind of level it's going to be very hard for the Durant detractors to suggest he didn't do his part to earn it.

But the move that got the whole 'net buzzing was this withering glance after a dagger 3 in the second half.

Tonight is the first test of many to come. "It's just going to be punch, counterpunch", he said.

We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring here throughout the game. "My heart goes out to him", NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. In fact the loss was number seven in eight Finals openers.

The Cavaliers are going to have to make some adjustments to slow down the Warriors. "That's one of the things that we need, a guy who can go get a bucket, get to the foul line".

"Kevin's a competitor", Green said.

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Not to the Cleveland Cavaliers - but to Shaquille O'Neal. It was unusual choice considering McGee's very public spat with O'Neal three-plus months ago.

O'Neal also responded angrily to McGee, saying he would "smack" McGee after the Warriors big man reacted to yet more mockery.

McGee has emerged as a significant contributor off the bench during the playoffs for the Warriors. His coach that year was Mike Brown, who has served as acting coach for the Warriors while Steve Kerr is out following complications from back surgery.

Brown addressed the media pregame on Thursday and said he hadn't yet spoken to Kerr. Yet he hadn't felt well enough in the previous days to feel like he was ready. The only thing that kept Cleveland in the game in the first half was the usually brilliant play from James and Irving and several missed layups by Golden State. He underwent a procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but said he is still ailing and in debilitating pain.

Game 1 tips off at 9:00 PM ET tonight on ABC, where the Warriors and the Cavaliers will enter with a combined one loss in the National Basketball Association playoffs. The first three games were decided by six or fewer before the Cavaliers rolled to a 114-91 victory in Boston on April 5, a win that at the time had the defending champions in the driver's seat for the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage.

Perhaps most noteworthy, it gives Durant the chance at a first championship and validation for his decision to leave the Thunder and join the league's latest super team.

This will be star-studded affair with Golden State's Kevin Durant joining the mix as one of seven 2016 All-Stars in the series.

Thompson, who averaged 4.5 offensive rebounds per game against the Warriors the past two NBA Finals, took the blame for Thursday night's woes.

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