What To Know For NBA Finals Game 1

01 June, 2018, 16:43 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Andre Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals

That will be the focus of our series keys - of course, with the focus still being on Golden State.

The Golden State Warriors may have the luxury of using the series opener as a feel-out game against the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers, but LeBron James will no doubt have to come out swinging.

After every season there are always "what ifs" for a lot of teams around the National Basketball Association.

"I think we played as well as - tonight we played as well as we've played all post-season, and we gave ourselves a chance possession after possession after possession". "The biggest thing is they really amp their defense up".

"It took to the second question of my first media availability (of the 2018 Finals), so I'm pretty sure that narrative's going to take life, as it has since 2015", Curry said.

The numbers show Lue's concern is genuine.

Curry put up a desperation heave from 38-feet with the score sitting at 53-56, just 1.5 points away from the over.

But the highlight of the match came in the final second of the 2nd half, when Warriors were trailing 56-53, 3 points behind their opponents.

The man has made a habit of hitting long-range shots to close out quarters or halves, and he did it again in this one.

But it's amusing to imagine what would have happened if the rules were strictly upheld during this game. The Rockets led, 61-51, at halftime. "I don't know the question you're trying to ask". The Cavaliers grabbed the rebound off the miss, however, and had an opportunity to get a shot up to win the game. Jordan Bell got 16 minutes off the bench in Game 7, but I can picture a world in which the Cavaliers dominate the boards to the point where the Warriors need play him more or even turn to Zaza Pachulia or JaVale McGee. Behind 29 points, six rebounds and nine assists from Curry and 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists from Kevin Durant, Golden State managed to survive. Curry totaled 13 points in the other three quarters.

"You take it all the way throughout the night thinking about it and ways you could have been better and plays that could have happened that could have gone your way and didn't go your way or things you could have done".

But the lasting image of this game will be of James calling for the ball behind the 3-point line as Smith dribbled out the clock in a play reminiscent of one made by Dallas' Derek Harper in a playoff loss to the Lakers 34 years ago. He makes a high rate of shots and makes it tough on you. But it was only a few short weeks ago that I would have predicted a Warriors sweep over the Cavs in the Finals. Both Game 7's highlighted how the three ball can derail a team.


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