"It gives us a lot of confidence", Love said.
Kyrie Irving (24 points) and Kevin Love (15 points, 21 rebounds) finished with respectable numbers, but the Cleveland's other supporting cast did not contribute to the cause as J.R. Smith scored only 3 points while Tristan Thompson went scoreless with only four rebounds.
"It's not the length of the season, it's the time between the games". However, he isn't too anxious about his shooting slump. I am not about getting numbers, I am not about getting the gaudy stats.
Golden State certainly hasn't struggled in his absence, going a ideal 11-0 under interim coach Mike Brown. Curry shot just 40 percent in the Finals a year ago and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26) as he nursed injuries to his knee and ankle. But he passed the ball to Curry - who hit a three-pointer.
And Thompson is more than happy with the change in roles. We just play physical. I was happy with my performance on that side of the ball, being locked in defensively.
"I guess they did a good job", Thompson said.
Looking back on it now, Green told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi that he accepts responsibility for the team blowing a 3-1 lead to Cleveland.
Durant further elaborated on how Thompson's defence helps the Warriors play as a better team. "With him being probably one of the best scorers in the National Basketball Association, you can't give guys like that easy opportunities at the basket". They have won a bunch of games, shot a ton of threes, and are staring down Lebron James' Cavaliers on their quest to win their second title in three years. Whatever that plan is, it has to start with taking better care of the ball.
"When you turn the ball over, that's when they become very risky because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the three-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defence", James said.
Davao Jones Academy head coach Rael Diaz, meanwhile, sees things differently and believes that the Cavs will get revenge in Game 2 to tie the trilogy series. I thought Kevin was great against the rim in the first game, in transitions, in the half court. "We just have to get better". "I think at certain points we did that, but we have to do that throughout".
"The Warriors' season took an interesting turn late in the season". Cleveland's bench also failed to provide any support, with the seven reserves who played combining for a miserable six of 24 from the field. "The bigs are wrestling down there, and I'm going to keep wrestling down there and get me some offensive rebounds".
But Thompson knows all too well that they can not rest on the laurels of Game 1.
"We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us", he said. At the end of the day, they're safe and that's most important, but it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. I don't imagine the Cleveland Cavaliers enjoyed it too much.
Out of concern that the schedule was leading to more injuries, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the players union this year agreed to add a week to next year's schedule while keeping the season at the same number of games.