Golden State Warriors make a statement in Game 1

After all the hype in this year's NBA Playoffs and the previous regular season leading up to it, it was time to put up or shut up, as the Golden State Warriors tipped off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals last Thursday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Warriors had just come off of a gut-wrenching, nail-biting series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and, as a team, they came out battle tested and ready to take on LeBron James and the Cavaliers in a way that really opened things up for them and allowed them to make an emphatic opening statement with the Game 1 win.

With the NBA Finals officially underway, the Golden State Warriors came out aggressive and more cohesive as a unit than they had in just about every game against the Thunder in the previous series. With the NBA schedule for this year's finals adopting the 2-2-1-1-1 calendar, the Warriors took the action to the Cavaliers and put them on notice early, with shots from beyond the arc snuffing out any momentum that Cleveland might have mustered en route to taking Game 1 on their home floor.

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It's safe to say that at least as far as Game 1 was concerned, the Cavaliers came out the more sluggish team of the two. With Basketball games in the finals being the biggest stage for the sport, and all eyes on, outside of a few runs, the Cavalier team as a whole seemed out of their depth.

One has to wonder how much of it may be a matter of working out some kinks as the series goes on, and how much of it may be psychological in terms of the Warriors having beat the Cavaliers last season in the 2015 NBA Finals. With the NBA standings now out the window in terms of seed and home court, it all comes down to who can execute and convert when all the lights are on, and thus far, the Cavaliers looked disjointed, with a lot of isolation being played instead of the team game, and several instances where James was forced to put his head down and take it to the hole himself -- something he has had to do for the duration of his career, more or less.

With the NBA Finals schedule set to transition into Game 2, we will have one of two outcomes by the time the buzzer sounds: either LeBron James and company manage to come together and even up the series, or Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and the rest of the Golden State Warriors go up 2-0 and all but ensure themselves another championship.

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