Cavaliers want to ramp up physicality but won't 'dirty up' game

His answer consisted all of two syllables.

"We know Cleveland is going to play better on Sunday", Thompson said.

- The fifth, Shaun Livingston faked the Cavs out and Durant was left all alone.

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving wants to keep pace with Golden State on fast breaks and transition attacks as well.

Durant made precisely the difference Cleveland feared he might - not only performing at an elite level himself but making it hard for the Cavs to throw multiple players at Stephen Curry, who contributed 28 points and 10 assists. "I mean, it's no if, ands, or buts". "It is what it is. Or will they make it look interesting by having the Cavs win some games?" "But that's what stands out".

"There were opportunities, but they did a good job boxing me out", Thompson said.

We are clearly headed for an intense final, and there may be even more to come between these two teams.

If Cleveland is going to win they also need to dominate inside the paint and on the glass, something they did not do in Game 1. That is, if you're on the Golden State Warriors side of things.

"I want to annihilate them (the Cavs)", said Green earlier in the playoffs. So they're playing good basketball. Overcommit to the lane, and their shooters will tee off from three-point range. It was LeBron's eighth NBA Finals triple-double, tying Magic Johnson's record. But man, did the Cavs get their butts handed to them in Game 1.

Durant had six dunks, all in the first half.

"I know we will play better", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told reporters.

20 turnovers, including eight for LeBron James is the stat that jumps off the page.

Durant further elaborated on how Thompson's defence helps the Warriors play as a better team. I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think I could do it. "He's going to do what he does".

“Im just trying to play possession by possession, ” Thompson said. That's just our whole mindset. "We would win. We just gotta worry about us, understand that no matter what they do, if we do what we're supposed to do, they can't beat us". The Cavs' starting center registered only four rebounds and zero points in 23 minutes. Cleveland, on the other hand, will hope to emerge victorious and level the best-of-seven series final, which makes will make contest even more interesting. "It's just a lot of things that we can correct and we will correct them going into game two". Tonight he shot eight free throws, which is huge. "They're going to grab a little bit more and knock us off our routes and do what they can to disrupt whatever we try to do offensively". That's huge for us.

"Just getting a chance to see how they play, the style of play, how fast they play, you can't really simulate that in practices", said Lue. So, I haven't heard anything from him. They managed only 21 points, 16 rebounds and twice as many turnovers (four) as assists.

Meanwhile, Cleveland, after finishing second-to-last in the National Basketball Association in defense after the all-star Break, made mistakes a junior-varsity team would defensively in Game 1, allowing multiple uncontested dunks for Durant and often looking hopelessly lost at that end of the floor.