Warriors confirm Iguodala to miss NBA Finals opener

NBA 'sore loser' slammed for 'classless' act

The Los Angeles Lakers were 12-point favorites over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals, which the 76ers won. For the most part, there's been good reason. Likewise, Kyrie Irving might be correct in asserting that Cleveland would've beat the Warriors in 2015 if not for injuries to himself and Kevin Love. He also helped the Cavaliers reach The Finals in 2017, before falling to Golden State, 4-1.

Missing out on the final two games will eat away at the nine-time All-Star throughout the summer but the Rockets have shown they can compete with the reigning champs.

Cleveland opened as a +650 underdog in the series but this is nothing new for LeBron, as he has now been an underdog in seven of his nine Finals appearances.

He played in just 64 games during the regular season, and missed the final four games of the Western Conference Finals because of a bone bruise in his left leg.

Had they kept him, he wouldn't have played in the postseason. On the eve of his fourth straight Finals, I just wanted to highlight how absurd Curry's shooting has been over the last few years.

This isn't rocket science - the Cavaliers need a high percentage of those shots to fall. The Warriors have more firepower than the Cavs, but they're only great when firing on all cylinders.

Golden State Warriors Rout Houston Rockets for Force Game 7
And while it's easy enough to say that the Warriors simply shot better Saturday, there was a bit more to it than just that. Overall, the 2018 NBA Playoffs on ESPN - 19 games - averaged a 3.8 metered market rating, up 31 percent from past year .

Jeff Green filled in admirably in Love's absence, averaging 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in the Cavs' wins in Games 6 and 7 over Boston, however Lue said that should Love be cleared to play, he will return to the starting lineup. Which means making a lot of threes.

The best thing the Cavs may have going for them is that the Warriors suffered bouts of impatience against Houston.

Smith won't allow LeBron James to go unchallenged when rewriting history. Many have suggested that this is the worst supporting cast James has had in any of his nine career appearances in the finals: Jeff Green, a player nearly synonymous with failing to meet expectations, was the second-best player in Cleveland's upset of the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

After Game 7 against the Celtics, LeBron admitted being incredibly exhausted.

The Cavs won that game, 87-79, to reach The Finals, but Love's status for the National Basketball Association championship series was unclear as of yesterday. "Once he gives it up, try not to let him get it back". The difference is, you have guys on both of these teams that are locked Hall of Famers and they are chasing guys in that special room, and that's the difference.

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