Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that his approach for Game 1 would be the same as any games, he would be prepared in knowing his opponents tendencies.
Having swept the Cavaliers in the regular season, and beating them by 34 the last time they faced off, Kerr clearly knows their tendencies trouncing them in Game 1 of the NBA Finals 104-89.
Stephen Curry couldn’t get into a rhythm and Klay Thompson got into foul trouble forcing Kerr to go to depend on the depth of his bench.
“I can’t remember the last time me and Steph combined for 20 points, but it’s not even about that. It’s about guys staying ready,” said Thompson.
The bench was ready outscoring the Cavs 45-10, the largest bench scoring disparity in a NBA Finals game dating 50 years.
Shaun Livingston led the Warriors in scoring with 20 points off the bench, a career playoff high.
Steve Kerr elaborated on Livingston’s play.
“Well, I think, first of all, he just played a great game, but I thought he looked for openings. He was very aggressive.”
The defending champions led by as much as 23 and the Cavs would get within single-digits early in the fourth quarter but Golden State would push the lead back to double-digits and giving more credence to their hashtag #Strength In Numbers.
“The one thing we always speak on is our depth. Depth of this team, and that showed tonight,” said Draymond Green who finished second in scoring with 16 points.
When asked if his team lost their momentum and composure Lebron James responded; “We’re not a team that loses our composure over anything.”
James finished with 23 points, Kyrie Irving was the top scorer for the Cavs with 26 points.
“Don’t matter what you do with Steph and Klay, don’t matter what you do with Draymond. Give up 45 points off the bench and 25 points off turnovers on the road, it’s not a good ingredient to win,” said an agitated James.
Golden State improved to 6-2 all-time in Game 1 of the NBA Finals (5-0 at home) and is 28-31 overall in Game 1 of any playoff series.
They will host the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals this Sunday, June 5th at 5:00 pm.