Stephen Curry ready to take back championship that got away

Stephen Curry ready to take back championship that got away

Of the 30 National Basketball Association teams, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the best two.

The move would permit the Warriors to keep their entire core together with two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry potentially signing one of the first five-year contracts created by the new collective bargaining agreement.

On top of that lethal two-pronged attack of Durant and Curry, the Warriors were ultra protective of the rock throughout the evening.

CM: I'd say they are a little off. 10 percent for a team with LeBron just feels low to me. And while the Christmas Day game set a basic template for Cleveland to follow, DeAndre Liggins was starting that game for the Cavs and he's no longer on the team.

Now, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD.

The Warriors shot a measly 42.5 percent from the field in Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena, which is not only their worst shooting performance of the playoffs, it's their worst shooting game since March 14.

When Cleveland stayed on Curry, Durant got easy dunks in transition.

Curry finished with 28 points and 10 assists - he didn't have more than six assists during any Finals game past year - giving him 66 combined points with Durant, as the two catapulted some of their struggling teammates to the rout.

It has made a big difference for Curry, who missed six playoff games in 2016 because of ankle and knee injuries and was never 100 percent after that.

"Everybody's probably going to talk about it, and the number wasn't good in terms of 3-for-16, but we have asked Klay Thompson to do a lot throughout the course of our playoff run so far", Brown said. "He's been shooting it pretty well".

Welcome back to the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant. Win one game. Now we look to Sunday to try to do it again.

Curry wants to take back the championship that got away, and help KD and so many other veterans without a title earn their ring.

Durant has been showcasing much of his offensive weaponry - dunks, 3-pointers, and backing Kyrie Irving down the lane easily while being fouled. Twice he has dished out eight assists. "But I think we got a great group of guys, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it". The Jan. 18 game feels largely meaningless to me because the Cavs didn't really try and the roster was different. "I thought he was unbelievable under the circumstances of his injury but to me he looks fresher, faster, stronger than he did a year ago".

The defensive woes that plagued the Cavaliers late in the regular season were glaring against the star-laden Golden State Warriors in a 113-91 loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

The Warriors, given Thompson's bad shooting, weren't ideal. But he still hit 324 3s for the second most in National Basketball Association history to his 402 a year ago and paced himself so he is peaking now.

So even with nine days off before the series began against Cleveland, Curry is sticking with it. I still think it's silly, but it's tough to discount.

I get it. KD playing alongside this group of Warriors - Steph Curry, especially - is simply unfair.

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