Golden State takes Game 1 in OT over Cleveland

Lawrence Cooper
June 1, 2018

The goof sent the game into overtime, and Golden State won, 124-114, wasting a 51-point performance by Cleveland's LeBron James.

Regardless of whether fans are exhausted of seeing the Cavs and Warriors in the Finals again or not, King James says each squad earned its right to the NBA's grandest stage - as evidenced by each of the teams' gritty Game 7 wins in their respective Conference Finals.

Will the Cavaliers have a better chance in the NBA Finals 2018 if Kyrie Irving is still in Cleveland?

But in the NBA Playoffs, Tristan Thompson taught us to never give up on anyone.

Easier said than done, particularly with two full off days to now deal with, two full off days to replay everything over and over and over and over and over again. "He's been in the league a long time".

Thompson was also confused as to why he was ejected.

"It didn't surprise me, " Kerr said. I looked over at LeBron and he looked like he was trying to get a timeout.

Referee Tony Brothers explained why Thompson was ejected. Either call a blocking foul or call an offensive foul.

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"I was walking", Thompson said. I guess he thought they were ahead.

"What he brings to us on the defensive end will definitely be missed", Green said. "It wasn't much verbal". But you know what, he'll be back.

The Cavs were in a sour mood because of that and the overturned call. "It was determined he was out of the restricted area but he was not in a legal guarding position prior to Durant's separate shooting motion".

That tip-in was followed by a Draymond Green three-pointer - his second of the game, after going just 2-for-17 from behind the arc in the entire western conference finals - that sealed the victory for the defending champions. I stepped in, took the contact.

Kyrie Irving is undeniably a huge loss for the Cavaliers, especially with Kevin Love failing to live up to expectations as their second-best player. With multiple defenders. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue discussed his team's strategy with USA Today.

As Smith dribbled out nearly to halfcourt, James yelled at him while his teammates looked dumbfounded.

Yet Smith insisted he knew the score. Smith would have been best served hugging Curry to make sure no shot got off. "But do I think that's going to happen? No".

"Teams have had their opportunities to beat the Cavs over the last four years, and teams have had the opportunities to beat the Warriors over the last four years", James told the media Wednesday, as reported by ESPN, the day before making his eighth straight Finals appearance. Those are the ones we want to take away. And then tonight in the finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our (butt) off, man, it ain't right.

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