Kevin Love Cleared To Play For Game 1

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01 June, 2018

As Ben Axelrod pointed out earlier this week, according to, the Cavs, who now possess +675 (bet $100 to win $675) odds of winning the series, are the biggest Finals underdog since the website began tracking such data since 2002.

Unless Cleveland can pull off a major upset, LeBron will lose in the NBA Finals for the sixth time in nine attempts.

In March, the NBA and YouTube TV struck a deal which will see the latter becoming the first ever presenting partner of the NBA Finals, with every game of the series to be streamed live.

If the Cavs believe they can beat the odds, holding Golden State off in the third quarter is their starting point. Green figured Smith was simply looking for James, saying, "I would have looked for LeBron, too".

"It was a special moment for us".

"I don't think so", Golden State guard Klay Thompson said.

"And we've done it by appreciating everybody that's a part of that group".

Love was still in the league's concussion protocol as of Wednesday afternoon after a head-to-head collision with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Cavs-W's, Act IV is a little bit different, indeed.

The Cavs are set to face the Warriors in the championship series for the fourth straight season, and Friday's (AEST) Game 1 matchup will be a historic one for James. LeBron will need a lot more support against Golden State.

The Warriors have been favourites in the previous three Finals, but this time around the Cavaliers are overwhelming underdogs with nobody giving them a chance.

"Just to try to keep the ball out of his hands as much as possible", Hill told reporters when asked the best way to defend Curry.

"Redundant as a fourth chapter of Warriors-Cavs might be, it also feels earned this time around".

"... He (James) did not want Kyrie Irving traded", Smith said. "So numbers and things like that kind of take care of itself. So everything else is OK". Game 3 in Cleveland was closer but the Warriors still won 118-113, setting an National Basketball Association record for 15 straight wins to start the playoffs.

Then came the final seconds of the first half, Cleveland having a foul to give. "It's nearly a day to prepare this time", he said. He will be re-evaluated ahead of Sunday's Game 2.

Game 1 tips at 6:00 PM PST on Thursday.

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