NBA FINALS: Warriors outlast Cavs in Game 1 and Kyrie lost for remainder of series
In one of the most thrilling and exciting games of the post season, the Golden State Warriors were able to wear down the Cleveland Cavaliers and take game 1 of the Finals with a 108 - 100 victory. The two main stories of the night were the Warriors' bench and Kyrie's injury. In a key moment during the first half of the game, the bench for Golden State, led by Mareece Speights, brought the game back to even after the Cavaliers fast start early on and ultimately the Warriors' depth led to this victory. Andre Iguodala also played a great game and was the most effective defensively against Despite Lebron Jame's heroic effort of 44 points, he received no help from his bench, which was outscored 9 to 34. All of the Cavs points came from J.R. Smith, who looked awful and will need to bounce back in Game 2. The other story that is getting the most attention is Kyrie Irving's health. To the dismay of Cavalier nation, he limped off the court in overtime after playing 43 minutes. He had an outstanding overall game with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. One of those blocks prevented a layup from Curry in the waning seconds of regulation and one could make the argument that he had actually outplayed the reigning NBA MVP, Steph Curry. But after recently getting an MRI it has been confirmed that Kyrie has a fractured kneecap and will not be available for any basketball activities for 3 - 4 months. A devestating blow to Cleveland's chances for ending their 51 year championship drought.