Game 1 NBA Finals Betting Odds Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Jun 01, 2018, 16:45
Game 1 NBA Finals Betting Odds Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

"There were some plays that we had taken away from us", James said.

While the game was ultimately settled in overtime, JR Smith's mental error in the final seconds of regulation cost Cleveland a chance of stealing the game. James was calling for the ball that entire time and could only hold his arms out in shock before walking back to the huddle for overtime.

"He's going to go do some things today and see how he feels", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "The task gets even harder, but I know (the) guys will and it will be a collective effort in hopes that we keep trekking along until he's ready to come back".

"I always go for the team that won before will win again, until someone takes it from them", said Bowen. "Because I got the rebound, I'm pretty sure I couldn't shoot it over KD", Smith said of Kevin Durant. I think they get stops, they get out in transition.

Keith Russell: J.R. Smith. "But he shot the shot I don't know, maybe he was trying to increase his points but that was some (expletive) but I was there to contest".

But Smith believes there are two areas the Cavaliers must match the Warriors in order to win the title.

The Cavs' frustration quickly reached boiling point when Tristan Thompson was tossed out of the game after a Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 on Shaun Livingston with 2.6 seconds left and the Warriors already up big.

After play resumed, James hit an inside shot and Curry answered with a 3-point play but Cleveland's George Hill made a free throw to pull the Cavs level at 107-107 with 4.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

The two-time regular season MVP says being named the Finals' best player won't "make or break" his career.

Once the review began, the officials are allowed to determine if block or charge is the right call. "It's a huge play".

James answered with an impressive drive, changing hands in midair before scoring to give the Cavs the lead. He and Curry each connected on five three-pointers.

"They've been to the finals four years in a row, just like we have, for a reason". James notched his eighth 40-point game during this playoff run to tie Hall of Famer Jerry West's feat in 1965 for most in a single postseason.

They managed to overcome another historic night by James as he posted 51 points on 19-of-32 shooting, along with eight assists and eight rebounds.