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Golden State All-Star guard Klay Thompson expects to play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals after spraining his left ankle in a scary fall during a collision when Cleveland’s J.R. Smith slid into him in the first quarter of the series opener Thursday night.
J.R. Smith’s blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was ripe to be taken away from the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
“What if?” When it comes to sports, it’s hard to find two words as compelling. And it’s the inspiration behind an occasional new series that we’ll kick off this Sunday called “The Great ‘What If.’ ” Just as it sounds, the series will explore alternate endings to real-life sports stories and events.
Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Golden State Warriors capitalized on a Cavaliers blunder that sent the game into overtime, withstanding a brilliant 51-point performance by LeBron James to beat Cleveland 124-114 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
Cleveland forward Kevin Love has completed the NBA’s concussion protocols and is cleared to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Golden State on Thursday night.
Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will be out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee that cost him the final four games of the Western Conference finals.
Cleveland and Golden State will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals, the Warriors looking for a third championship in that span and LeBron James and the Cavaliers trying to wrestle the crown away just as they did in the 2016 series.
Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love has a concussion and will miss Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics. Love banged heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum in the first quarter of Game 6 and did not play again. The Cavaliers overcame his loss and won 109-99 to force Game 7. Love is Cleveland’s second leading scorer and one of four players left from the 2016 NBA title team.
LeBron James scored 46 points in 46 minutes, George Hill added 20 and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame the loss of All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury to beat the Boston Celtics 109-99 and force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. James added 11 rebounds and nine assists. Terry Rozier led the Celtics with 28 points. Boston will host Game 7 on Sunday.
Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this postseason with their 10th straight victory at home and moved within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have found a new gear after back-to-back wins in Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. The series swings back to Boston’s TD Garden for Game 5, where the Celtics are 9-0 this postseason. Boston’s young corps has struggled the last two games. Meanwhile, LeBron James has gotten help from his supporting cast led by Kevin Love, Kyle Korver and JR Smith.
LeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home.
LeBron James scored 27 points, Cleveland had six players in double figures and the Cavaliers throttled Boston 116-86 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. After being outplayed in two losses in Boston, the Cavs regrouped and looked like a different team at home while tightening the series. The Celtics fell to 1-5 on the road in the postseason.
LeBron James has twice come back from a 2-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs. He’s going to need to do it three times to make the NBA Finals for the eighth straight year. Cleveland is down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics entering Game 3 on Saturday. Only 19 of 300 teams have ever rallied from a 2-0 hole. James said although he did it in 2007 and 2016, that it doesn’t give him any more comfort and he loses sleep following playoff losses.
Narratives in a best-of-seven playoff series tend to pivot and change faster than a liar’s recollection. It only takes one game, one result, to flip the script, as we are seeing in the NBA’s Western Conference finals.
Cleveland’s starting guards need to shake off an awful performance against Boston in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. J.R. Smith and George Hill were outscored 41-3 by Boston starters Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier as the Celtics took a 2-0 lead in the series. Smith missed all seven shots and was called for a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter.
Since returning from thumb surgery late in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Marcus Smart has been unflappable and Boston’s unquestioned deacon of toughness. The proud everyman for a once underdog Celtics team, Smart has helped Boston outwork the Cavaliers through the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals.
Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Marcus Morris scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds while pestering LeBron James into a playoff-high seven turnovers – and a playoff-low 15 points – and the Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead to scorch Cleveland 108-83 in Game 1.
The Eastern Conference’s representative in the NBA Finals will again come from either Cleveland or Boston. This is the eighth playoff matchup between the teams overall, with Boston leading 4-3. The Celtics haven’t been to the NBA Finals since 2010. The Cavaliers are trying to get back to the finals for the fourth straight season. For LeBron James, it would be his eighth consecutive finals berth.