Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for Warriors

The unpredictable nature of legacy

The unpredictable nature of legacy

The question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object will finally get answered when these two teams square off on the first night of June. When the season began last fall, Curry unselfishly gave up some of his own scoring chances so Durant could seamlessly find his way, not making as many 3s - or half-court buzzer beaters for that matter - and lacking the same efficiency and flair.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love smiles as he fields questions before an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

The Cavaliers rallied within 80-68 with 3:06 remaining in the period, but Golden State wasn't finished with its 3-point-shooting barrage.

Some predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. Golden State had 27.

During the 2016 NBA Finals James carried the Cavs back from a 3-1 deficit, a performance that was no doubt aided by the fact that he did not need to grind out any long series earlier in the playoffs, logging just 530 minutes played while going 12-2 in the first three rounds. Dunk after dunk, Durant made sure to send a message to LeBron James that this isn't the same Warriors team from a year ago.

"I'll be focused tomorrow on the game, on all the games", James said.

But the intrigue and beauty of this matchup goes beyond the considerable talents of Cleveland's Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. and Golden State's Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Cleveland shut down Indiana's Paul George, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Boston's Isaiah Thomas before he went down with a hip injury on the way to a 12-1 postseason record.

Clark signed with Golden State in 2015 (he previously played with Utah and Denver), after it won its most recent National Basketball Association title. Like I said, we had 20 turnovers, and there's no way you're going to win a ball game having 20 turnovers against this team and on the road.

"They're the best I've ever seen", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. In last year's Finals, that would have been Harrison Barnes on Irving.

But after a 13-0 run to open the second half with help from four of Cleveland's 20 turnovers, the game was never close, leaving Cleveland to figure out a way to regroup before Game 2 on Sunday.

"Whenever you're in the playoffs against a team a bunch of times, you start to get annoyed a little bit because you know the other guy and you want to kick his butt and you want to outplay him every possession", Cleveland center Tristan Thompson said.

And if Game 1 didn't end the series, it at least showed what's possible for Golden State, not only in these Finals series but in the years ahead. His suspension in Game 5 provided an opening for Cleveland which the Cavs gladly went through and kept on going.

TMZ Sports is reporting that LeBron James's Los Angeles home was the target of a hate crime, as someone spray painted the N-word on its front gate. "We're real tough to beat when he's doing that".

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