The Golden State Warriors took another bold step Thursday night in their quest to notch the first “fo’, fo’, fo’, fo’” in NBA postseason history, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
A Warriors team that’s nearly perfect on paper was masterful in practice, led by Kevin Durant’s 38 points. He became just the fourth NBA player to score at least 25 points in his first six Finals games. Durant attacked the rim relentlessly all night for Golden State, which entered the series 12-0 this postseason after posting four-game sweeps in each of the previous three rounds. He capitalized on every awkward closeout and missed defensive assignment by Cleveland and tore through the open floor on the break with impunity. He threw down six dunks and racked up 23 points alone before halftime.
Source: Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN
Paul Millsap (Wrist) Could Miss Up to Three Months
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap could miss three months due to surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, league sources tell ESPN.
The All-Star forward suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Nuggets’ 127-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Bucks’ Teletovic Out Four Weeks After Undergoing Surgery
Injuries are thinning the Milwaukee Bucks’ frontcourt as they begin a Western Conference road trip.
The team said forward Mirza Teletovic is expected to miss four weeks following arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair cartilage in his left knee. He has missed the past six games.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
LaVar Ball Says Lakers Coaching is Too ‘Soft’ on Lonzo
LaVar Ball told Bleacher Report that the Los Angeles Lakers’ staff should take a specific approach to coaching his son, Lonzo: Be tougher on him.
“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” Ball told the website during a recent interview. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.” LaVar Ball said he does not take issue with the job Lakers coach Luke Walton has done during the team’s 7-10 start to the season.