Summer summer summertime means NBA Finals. No better time to gather in front of the t.v. and watch as two teams battle head to head. This years finals show to be battle of rematch as Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers once again take on Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors as the hope to reign victorious and return home with the championship trophy. This is definitely the rematch everyone was waiting to see.
The Cavaliers traveled to Oakland, California on June 2, 2016 to take on the Warriors in game one. With the Warriors coming in as the reigning champs, predictions were already set that they would not lose the first game at home in Oracle Arena. As predictions were set they were proved true as the Warriors came in the first quarter controlling the pace of the game as they led 28-24.
Cleveland tried to catch up and end the four point deficit going into the second quarter but their 19 points were no match for Golden State as they still led over the Cavaliers at the end of the first half 52-43. Even though the Warriors were leading over the Cavaliers, the Splash Brothers had no part in that. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for a total of 10 points at the end of the first half leaving many to wonder where was the fire. It seemed as if other players off the bench were making up for their slack and doing it with pride.
Coming in from halftime, it seemed as if the Cavaliers began to pick up the tempo and catch up and even taking the lead 64-63 with 3:57 left in the third quarter, but the lead was short lived and the Warriors continued to dominate on the court going into the final quarter leading 74-68. Would the Cavaliers ever have enough power to come back and win game one?
It proved to be a tough battle, but no matter how hard they tried it was never enough. As the game came to and end, the Cavaliers ended 32-84 from the field as the Warriors were 43-87. The two teams were tied for 33% from the three point line. Even in the 104-89 loss, the Cavaliers still led over the Warriors with 17 turnover and 47 rebounds.
Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 26 points, three rebounds, and four assists followed by Lebron James who led with nine assists and total of 23 points, and Kevin Love who led with 13 rebounds and a total of 17 points. Sean Livingston led the Warriors with a team high of 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists followed by Draymond Green who led in both rebounds with 11 and assists with seven and a total of 16 points. With Curry and Thompson combining for a season low of 20 points.
Tip-off for game two is set for Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 7:00pm. Will Golden State remain dominate or will Cleveland come in a change the game? Have to watch the finals to see.