"We made a lot of mistakes; they capitalized".
A 7-0 burst early in the second quarter gave the Warriors a 47-35 lead, but there was no mistaking the determination of James, who was hoping to get a road win in his 31st straight playoff series.
"I'm better than where I was a couple of weeks ago, and I've put together a couple of good days, so let's go."Lue did something smart putting LeBron on Shaun Livingston for a while - allowing him to roam and help on defense around the floor - but he simply can't be everywhere. Thompson played a mixed role in Game 1, watching Irving and at times defending against LeBron James, Kevin Love and JR Smith.
Perhaps the only disappointment for the 2015 champions was Klay Thompson's shooting performance.
"This past week, for whatever reason, things got worse, my symptoms got worse, and I was not able to coach" Kerr said at the time.
In Game 2, the Cavaliers need to be more aggressive defensively. The Warriors were the more physical team in Game 1, something that isn't acceptable. After struggling a bit in a four-game sweep of in in the first round, Cleveland turned it on against Toronto and Boston.
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When Kerr took a leave of absence during Golden State's first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers, he made it clear he wouldn't return until he felt confident there wouldn't be an immediate setback, per Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group.
"Just getting a chance to see how they play, the style of play, how fast they play, you can't really simulate that in practices", Lue said.
Steph Curry pitched in with 28 points and 10 assists and center Zaza Pachulia returned after missing the final two games of the Western Conference Finals, scoring eight points while snagging six boards.
Kerr will coach Golden State from the bench tonight, the first time he has done so since April 19. Curry had six of those turnovers. I think the Cavs on Sunday will make a pointed emphasis to not letting him get so many easy attempts around the rim. The Cavs got within 11 at 108-97 but then got hit with a three-star combination KO punch in a 13-2 Warriors run. That changed dramatically - and so did the margin of the Golden State lead - when the Warriors had a pair of 3-pointers apiece in 13-0 and 13-1 third-quarter flurries that buried the Cavaliers.