The Golden State Warriors' 15-point victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the 2016 NBA Finals on Thursday night came despite the fact that their heralded backcourt duo of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for just 20 points on 8 of 27 shooting.
It was a testament to the Dubs' roster that the Splash Brothers' supporting cast were able to step up against the Eastern Conference's number one seed and clinch the series opener. Whether they'd be able to do it for a whole series, however, it unlikely.
And, speaking ahead of Sunday night's game two, Thompson and Curry have admitted that they must get better if they are to see off LeBron James and co. and clinch a second straight Larry O'Brien Trophy:
"I don’t think I need to press the score, certain amount of points or whatnot, but being more decisive with the ball,” Curry said, via the Sacramento Bee.
“Obviously, making open shots and running our offense at a high level (helps). I’ve got to play better for sure.”
Curry was 4 of 15 shooting in game one and his 11 points were the fewest he has scored in a game in which he has played over 19 minutes this season. With his backcourt partner also struggling, the Cavaliers may have missed an opportunity to gain the advantage.
As Thompson says, both he and Curry combining for another off night is unlikely:
"We joked about it a couple times, but we don’t let it get us down, because it takes four games to win, and it could be a long series; you never know,” the 2016 All-Star said.
"“Bad shooting nights happen. It’s rare we both have one in the same night, but that’s what our team’s for.
"They did a great job picking us up, and, yeah, we just told ourselves we’ve got to be better throughout the series, and I think we’ll respond.”
With game two of the 2016 Finals tipping off this evening, we won't have to wait long to see whether the Splash Bros. can bounce back, or if the Cavs can find a way to shut down all of the Warriors' scoring options.