The Golden State Warriors made a statement in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cavaliers on Thursday night in Oakland as they dominated Cleveland in a 113-91 rout. The Warriors’ victory wasn’t surprising – they were the heavy favorites to win both the game and series coming in – but the manner in which they did it proved that their margin for error is exponentially greater than that of the Cavs.
The Warriors weren’t at their most efficient on offense, shooting 42.5 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three, and 68.8 percent from the free throw line as a team, but that was still enough to blowout the Cavs. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry carried the offensive load with over half of Golden State’s points (66) and 9 of its 12 made threes coming from the former MVPs.
While Durant and Curry thrived, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green struggled.
Thompson and Green had 15 points combined on 6-of-28 shooting (1-of-10 from three) between the two other All-Stars on the Warriors. Even without anything close to a decent night on offense from two of their four best players and a below average shooting night as a team, the Warriors were still able to manage a 109.7 offensive rating and crush the defending champs. That’s due in large part to the defensive effort. For every missed bucket Green and Thompson had, they put in a tremendous defensive effort on the other end.