3 SHOTS | 3 observations after Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1

CLEVELAND - Well, at least it's over. 

The Golden State Warriors dominated every facet of the second half en route to a resounding 113-91 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals. It felt even worse that the score shows. 

Game 2 is set for Sunday night. Here's what we observed in the final two quarters:

1. This is why Golden State went and got Kevin Durant

The man is good. Very, very good. The Cavaliers never had any answers for the former MVP, either in transition or in the half-court. Durant finished with 38 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. You add that with Steph Curry's precision shooting and it makes for a very, very long night. Somehow, the Cavs will need to figure out how to clamp down on Durant, while still respecting Golden State's outside shooting ability. No easy task.

2. The Supporting Cast needs to show up Sunday

LeBron James had 28 points, Kyrie Irving scored 24, and Kevin Love had 15 points and 21 rebounds. Yet, the Wine and Gold were blown off the floor by the Warriors. J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, and Kyle Korver combined for a grand total of THREE point. Thompson also managed to corral only 4 rebounds. This will be an extremely short series unless the Big 3 gets some degree of help. 

3. The Assist-to-Turnover ratio was clearly a problem

Let's do some number crunching, shall we? The Warriors had 31 assists and four turnovers.

The Cavaliers? Try 20 turnovers and 15 assists. 

That's a problem. 

More thoughts coming during LeBron James Says. 

 

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