Concussed Love questionable for National Basketball Association finals opener

30 May, 2018, 20:30 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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The Warriors had tried to use Durant as a closer and failed, twice, squandering nail-biters in Games 4 and 5 and putting themselves on the brink of elimination in the Western Conference finals.

The Golden State Warriors reached the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year thanks to a 101-92 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. While the Warriors have averaged a plus-9.9 third quarter point differential at home, this value is only good for third-best in these playoffs.

Head coach Steve Kerr said the injury, originally described as a bone bruise, had no defined timetable for recovery and is typically a matter of an individual's pain threshold. The absence of All-Star point guard Chris Paul ultimately proved to be one of the pivotal factors in the Warriors returning to the NBA Finals.

On the other, the best player of this era and maybe any era.

The Cavs beat the Warriors in seven games in 2016.

"Obviously James is going to have to be great".

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to need all the help they can get if they want any chance of upsetting the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals. They have some big decisions to make with Paul, Ariza and center Clint Capela eligible for free agency. According to NBA.com, the Rockets shot just 1-for-16 on three-pointers considered "open" or when a defender is four to six feet away from the shooter.

The Warriors are about to win their second straight National Basketball Association championship and their third in the last four seasons - all of them coming at the expense of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won't have enough even if LeBron James plays to the absolute utmost of his capabilities. They can win without him, but it certainly makes it tougher.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, were +250 underdogs previous year, far less extreme than their +650 line this time around.

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"No matter what the story line is going to be, no matter if we're picked to win or not, let's just go out and play ball", James said.

Golden State's Kevin Durant dunks during the 2017 NBA Finals while Cleveland's LeBron James can only watch. Even if that doesn't happen, enjoy the best player of his generation, especially with so much uncertainty hanging over his future.

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