Durant not feeling pressure of NBA Finals expectations

So that gives you until Thursday night to additionally digest words and phrases you likely are as sick of hearing as "payment due" around the first of each month. I understand how good the Warriors are, and like last season, no Finals result will change that fact.

The Warriors made the ideal start after becoming the first side in history to enter the finals with a 12-0 record. When you add a seven-foot slasher who can put up 38 points and eight assists without a turnover in his Finals debut with his new team, it's easy to see how Golden State is on a record 13-0 roll in the playoffs. He was sacked by the Cavs in May 2010, two months before James elected to leave the team and take his talents to South Beach and the Heat. So talk about trilogies.

Kyrie Irving, who hit the deciding 3-pointer with Curry's hand in his face last June as Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win the city's first major team title in 52 years, scored 24 points on 10-of-22 shooting. That includes the 2012 Finals when the two squared off and LeBron got the best of Durant in five games. "So that's what I'm more proud about". As an underdog after finally bringing a banner home to Cleveland, James is playing with house money. Yes, it was satisfying. "Because then you become complacent".

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"But I'm not a complacent person. We've got to work hard at practice and when the game comes on, get out there and go play". They will not have to suffer this year, since Kevin Durant will make the difference. They were just 12 of 33 from the 3-point line.

They still lead Cleveland, 55-45 late in the first half.

"A lot of us have been through both sides of a championship run and a Finals", Curry said.

When asked what the complimentary players on the Cavs can do to help pick up the slack, James added, "Just to be themselves and do what they have done throughout the course of the season, throughout the course of the last couple years".

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Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday night on the Warriors' home floor.

"That sucked previous year to lose like that". "I got a promotion when I got to the 30s". Even the team that eventually loses. "That's just the nature of any competitor", said Warriors forward Draymond Green. He made the decision he made for his own life and what he wanted to do, but also to win a championship. But he saw the same thing that Durant did - the Warriors had some issues that still can be shored up. Because of my respect for LeBron James, I will say this series goes 6, but the Warriors get their revenge.

"I've had a week off", Thompson said. I think the star power will be too much for the Cavs in the end despite Cleveland having the best player in the world.

The only players on the current Cavs roster who played for Brown were James (2005-10), Kyrie Irving (2013-14) and Tristan Thompson (2013-14).

After blowing a 3-1 lead a year ago and adding a former MVP, the pressure is squarely on the Warriors.

"LeBron is going to get his points and so is Kyrie". He is also second in rebounds with 7.8 rebounds per game, but it is his field-goal percentage that pops the eyes- Durant is shooting.556 percent, the best of all starters.

Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks. He actually looked exhausted, which is the furthest thing you'd expect from someone we basically view as a superhuman basketball playing machine at this point. It's a team exactly as good as you would expect them to be.

And we know how that turned out.

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