The Warriors Somehow Coasted To A Game 1 Win Sans Splash Brothers


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Confession: we didn’t even watch this game. Not really, not like you should watch the NBA Finals. Real basketball fans should see it from beginning to end, with perhaps a bathroom break, or a brief inside joke with a companion. They shouldn’t miss large swaths of game time as they hurriedly tried to entice strangers to click a button on their computer or smart phone. They should not watch with their head buried in their computer. They should just watch.

So instead of telling you about the game we didn’t see, we’ll try to piece it together with the splices of action we did happen to glance when the assembly line construction of new content, eased. Oh, and the box score. Praise be the box score, a bloggers best friend since Blogspot was popular.

The final tally was 104-89, Warriors. That might sound like a blowout, but it felt closer. Maybe we’re wrong — again, we didn’t really see it — but the sound of the crowd on our television set was irregular, which tells us there were snippets of time where the Cavs played well.

The Warriors had 29 assists, which is actually a little lower than their league-leading average from the regular season. But the Cavs only had 17. This probably doesn’t mean anything, though. The Cavs don’t move the ball like the Warriors with individual talents like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Those two were a combined 16-for-43, by the way (thanks box score!). That’s not so great. But they weren’t the only superstars who failed to play well. At least we think.

We just heard Steve Kerr say that Steph (that’s Stephen Curry) just wasn’t himself. The box score said the same thing (Curry shot just 4-of-15 from the field). Inside the NBA‘s Kenny Smith also mentioned Steph missing a couple of wide-open shots when we flipped over to NBA TV to get some post-game analysis we could then pawn off as our own as we write this. So we guess the two-time MVP is determined to have all his teammates win the Finals MVP. What a swell guy. He’s so humble; except, of course, when he’s not.

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