2016 NBA Finals: Game 1 Is A Silent Night For LeBron James-Stephen Curry Rivalry; Supporting Cast Leads Warriors Past Cavaliers
The 2016 NBA Finals had been touted by some fans and analysts as the season for the renewed LeBron James-Stephen Curry rivalry. But it turned out that the Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs is a silent night for the two basketball superstars. Golden State Warriors' supporting cast stole the spotlight by leading the team past Cleveland Cavaliers with 104-89.
Golden State Warriors' Supporting Cast Blistered Cleveland Cavaliers In The Game 1 Of 2016 NBA Finals
The Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals was a night that showcased the timely shots of Stephen Curry's "Strength In Numbers" supporting cast who outscored Cleveland Cavalier's reserves by 45-10. Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green scored 16 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Shaun Livingston hit his postseason best of 20. Fellow reserve Leandro Barbosa made five for five timely shots, while Andre Iguodala had 12 points.
Moreover, the renowned Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, failed to live up to the expectations in the Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals. The reigning NBA MVP and the shooting guard of the Golden State Warriors obtained a combined score of 20 on 8-for-27 shooting, one of the fewest points that the duo got this season.
Despite losing to Golden State Warriors, LeBron James showcased quite impressive performance in the Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals compared to Stephen Curry. LeBron James started his sixth straight NBA finals with 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. On the other hand, Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with 11 on free throws.
Where's The LeBron James-Stephen Curry Rivalry?
Commenting on Stephen Curry's unimpressive performance in the Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr explained to Fox News and New York Times that the NBA MVP is just having one of those bad nights just like other best players in the world. He, however, said that it did not hurt the team because of their strong supporting cast.
For a season that was hyped as the series for LeBron James-Stephen Curry rivalry, the Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals was definitely a silent night for the two basketball superstars. As the Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals goes back to the Oracle Arena on Sunday night, fans can only hope for a more heated showdown between the star players of Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
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