Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals took place on Thurs., May 1, and round three of the Golden State Warriors vs. the Cleveland Cavilers rivarly lived up to all the hype that surrounded their inevitable match up.
The Golden State Warriors took the first punch by winning game one convincingly 113 to 91. The Cavaliers were able to keep the game close in the first half, only trailing by eight, and initially held high hopes. But, the start of the 3rd quarter is when things went south for the Cavaliers. A few major turnovers by the Eastern Conference Champs led to a barrage of 3-pointers from the Warriors. The Warriors were able to take control of the game, led by their superstars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. Once they gained a double-digit lead in the third quarter, they never looked backed and won the game by 22 points.
The Cavs seemed very frustrated at times during the game, as they gave up a lot of easy points to Kevin Durant, as well as constantly turned the ball over throughout the game. Lebron “The King” James finished with 28 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists but also had 8 turnovers, which lowered his overall grade for the game. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving weren’t much help to King James and the Cavs by combing for a total of 21 missed shots.
On the other side, only two out of the Warriors’ “Big 3” showed up, Chef Curry finished with 28 points and 10 assists and KD was the leader of the game with 38 points and 8 assist, Klay Thompson had an off night and was only able to cumulate 6 points.
So the question on everyone’s mind after game 1 now is…
Should the Cavs be panicking?
The answer to that question is yes.
The Cavs should be very worried about their chances of winning another NBA championship. Kevin Durant was quoted after the game saying that he felt the Warriors can play a lot better than they did in game 1, which we believe is true. Although both Steph and KD had stellar performances, they left about 10-points a piece on the board by missing easy lay-ups and wide open 3-pointers. Similar to Klay, Draymond Green had an off night and only put 9 points on the board. Expect in game 2 that both Draymond and Klay will have better shooting nights and that either Steph or KD will have a tremendous scoring game. Cavilers may respond to these opinions by stating that they expect Kyrie and Kevin Love to respond in game 2 with better game, which we agree is true.
The fact of the matter is that the Cavs big 3 can’t match up to the Warriors big 4. The addition of the former MVP Kevin Durant has really put the Warriors over the top and well over all of the competition in the NBA. The Warriors have proved their on another level than the rest of the NBA by winning 13 games straight without a loss in the 2017 NBA playoffs. The Warriors may not sweep the Cavilers, but unless one of the Warriors big 4 (Steph, Klay, KD and Draymond) gets hurt or suspended the Warriors should have no problem becoming the 2017 NBA champs!