Kevin Love of Cleveland Cavaliers out of concussion protocol, available to play

At least Game 1 of what was supposed to be a lopsided NBA Finals was anything but boring. The series begins at Oracle Arena. "He thought we were up one", coach Tyronn Lue said after the Warriors beat the Cavs in overtime, 124-114.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in their fourth consecutive NBA Finals, as they get set to square off with the Golden State Warriors yet again.

So, Golden State held a serious team chat and got it together at last.

The Warriors won only 14 of 32 games this season, playoffs and regular season, in which they lost this quarter. "All that matters is you win the game and turn the page to Game 2". Cleveland splits $5,020,439 if it wins, $3,825,490 if it loses. LeBron James willed his Cavaliers back to the big stage with another spectacular performance against Boston. Milwaukee, San Antonio, Minnesota and Washington all get the smallest amount, that being $298,485 each. Curry didn't play at all in the first round this year because of a knee injury, and is averaging 24.8 points and 4.9 assists this postseason.

James noted that Shaun Livingston was a high draft pick (No. 4 overall in 2004) and forward David West has been an All-Star, and both come off the Warriors' deep bench.

It almost happened as for the first time in 39 years both the Eastern and Western Conference finals went to seven games before the Cavs downed Boston and the Warriors ousted Houston. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, also survived in the Eastern Conference Finals with an 87-79 win on Sunday.

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.

The G League is now a road to not just the NBA, but the NBA Finals.

If Kevin Love plays (concussion protocol), look for Golden State to expose the be-jeezus out of him, just like Brad Stevens and Celtics did in the conference finals.

Game 1 of the Finals is scheduled to tipoff tonight at 9pm ET, airing on ABC.

And right where they've opened every year since 2015.

"Teams have had their opportunities to beat the Cavs over the last four years and teams have had opportunities to beat the Warriors over the last four years", James said.

The Warriors beat the Cavaliers in five games to win the Finals past year.

  • Julie Sanders