The rematch of last June’s NBA Finals headlined the league’s holiday slate, and didn’t disappoint. Some believe that on the game’s final play, Warriors star Kevin Durant was fouled.
The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors faced each other the Warriors were coming off the best regular season in National Basketball Association history and were a series win away from a seemingly inevitable championship that seemed practically inevitable.
“He’s a killer on the court”, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after the game December 25.
He is one of the best now and all those Internet trolls that want to say Irving is better need to be silenced. Irving, who also finished with 25 points, had five assists to LeBron James. Kyrie (KY’-ree) Irving added 13 points and 10 assists for the Cavaliers, who never trailed and built a 46-point lead in the second half.
“We had that game in our hands”, said Durant, who posted 36 points and 15 rebounds. With both James and Durant playing at their typically elite levels, Sunday could be one of the best one-on-one matchups this season.
Thompson (24 points) then deflected an Irving reverse layup attempt and Steph Curry (15 points) hit a 3-pointer to put the Warriors up 108-105 with 1:14 left. No foul was called and time ran out. “But again, I respect the referees and the job they have to do”.
Jefferson said Durant did indeed fall on his own and not because of any push from him. But, he’s shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from three-point range while taking 16.8 shots per game (9.4 threes).
Curry has been held under 20 points in all six Christmas Day games in which he has played.
While Golden State’s rotation went 12 players deep, Cleveland opted for an eight-player substitution pattern with J.R. Smith sidelined due to a thumb injury.
“We should’ve won some of those [games we lost]”, Walton said after the 109-90 loss to Orlando. People will expect a spirited 5-6 game Warriors win in June.
Golden State is only 32 games into the Kevin Durant era, so I refuse to panic about the Warriors or Stephen Curry vs the Cavs.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were too good for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Boston Celtics prevailed against the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.
LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a season-high 33 points and the Spurs improved to 25-6 with a 119-100 downing of Chicago. When they don’t, they lead to turnovers, which opponents can capitalize on.