Klay Thompson makes up for shooting slump on defensive end

Golden State Warriors' interim head coach Mike Brown and head coach Steve Kerr Cleveland Cavaliers' during NBA Finals Media Day at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Let's clear up a misconception: Golden State's biggest undoing on the way to blowing that 3-1 lead in last season's NBA Finals was not Draymond Green's Game 5 suspension for connecting with LeBron James' midsection. We're in it with you.

The Warriors scored 56 points in the paint.

LeBron James had a simple explanation for what stood out in Game 1 of the NBA Finals: KD.

We got to do a better job of playing with more pace, attacking more. We were able to lay out the roadmap for a Cavaliers upset, and Game 1 confirmed most of what we thought going in.

Mistakes by the Cavaliers with the ball and Golden State crashing the glass led to the Warriors shooting the ball 106 times compared to 86 times for the Cavaliers. "They capitalized", James said. "There's no way you're going to win a game with 20 turnovers against this team and on the road".

James and Kyrie Irving shot 19 for 42 between them but the sloppy ball handling allowed the Warriors to take almost as many shots - 106 - as they had points, and 20 more attempts than the Cavs' 86.

In last year's Finals, Thompson was able to prove that his performance the year before wasn't a fluke when he averaged 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Lue, in a conference call with reporters Friday, said the primary areas of concern from the Cavs' 113-91 loss to the Warriors in Game 1 were transition defense and turnovers.

"I'm gonna coach until they tell me it's different", he said.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue dubbed the Warriors "the best I ever seen", but added: "They're playing good basketball".

But this gloomy outlook did not deter reddit user u/RDollaz to go out and support his team, posting images of Golden State's shooting guard Klay Thompson signing his team-branded toaster on March 13.

Kevin Durant had six dunks in the first half alone to match his most ever in a game, Stephen Curry hit six 3-pointers and the Cavaliers looked like the team that stumbled down the stretch in the second half of the season. "Play with energy, play with effort, play with their mind and their bodies and understand what we're trying to accomplish".

"I've seen a lot of great teams, and they rank right up there", James said.

But someone from Cleveland, maybe many someones, had better find a way to make life tougher for the Warriors going forward starting on Sunday. "And if your mind is fresh and your mind is into it, then a lot of things take care of itself".

Well, the Golden State Warriors aren't going anywhere. Curry shot just 40 percent in the Finals a year ago and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26) as he nursed injuries to his knee and ankle.

"We have to do a better job of getting those guys shots". "He's been destroying nearly everyone he's come across in the playoffs on the offensive glass, and (center) Zaza Pachulia didn't play a ton of minutes, but the minutes he played, especially at the beginning of the game, kind of set the tone for us on the offensive glass".