Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Love's Status Unknown For NBA Finals Opener

Love's Status Unknown For NBA Finals Opener

With a pair of Game 7 wins in the conference finals, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers advance to meet again in the NBA Finals.

All games will air live in a repeat of last year's historic bilingual simulcast starting Game 1, which will be hosten by the Warriors, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

In addition to having LeBron on their side, the Cavaliers do have another hope to lean on: This 2017-18 season has seen the mighty Warriors play bored at times, thinking they can just fire up 3-pointers and win games. It's not every year your team gets one game away from the NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors looked extremely vulnerable in their Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets. Kevin Durant is in Golden State now, Kyrie Irving isn't with the Cavaliers anymore, the benches are very different - particularly in Cleveland's case. It'll be fun."You've got to appreciate the moment", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said". The network says Tuesday that only its coverage of the 2016 West finals Game 7 between the Warriors and Oklahoma City drew a larger audience for an National Basketball Association game on cable. The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second-half of the final two games.

Finals ratings spiked significantly in 2015, a year after the Spurs dominated the Heat, when LeBron James led the Cavs to the finals in 2015. "And with our team, there's just so much firepower that at some point, we're going to get going". According to ESPN, the Warriors opened as 12-point favorites for Thursday night's Game 1, which is tied for the largest point spread in an NBA Finals game since 2001, when the Los Angeles Lakers were a 12-point favorite over Allen Iverson's Philadelphia Sixers in Game 1.

"We've got our bumps throughout the season", he continued.

The widely held belief that Golden State has a far better team than Cleveland had reporters wondering how Van Gundy could "sell this thing coming out of the gates and get people excited about this". "Everybody had their opinions on what our team was, what we would do, what we can't do, from the start ..." Myers might not want to admit it, but we're looking at a dynasty here.

Same goes for the Warriors. The Warriors lost Game 4 95-92 and Game 5 98-94 without Iguodala, but then the Rockets went down 115-86 in Game 6 and 101-92 in Game 7 without Paul while Iguodala was still sidelined. "Believe it or not, it's not all success with the Warriors".

And now it's time for one of these teams to earn a title.

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