Warriors open NBA Finals as heavy favorites over Cavs

Jo Caldwell
May 30, 2018

Love left Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals after colliding with Jayson Tatum and didn't play in Cleveland's Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics.

The Houston Rockets didn't have an injured Chris Paul on the court once again, and once again the Golden State Warriors proved the victors with a 101-92 win in the first Game 7 of a Western Conference Finals since 2016, when the Warriors beat the Oklahoma Thunder. After two Game 7's the NBA Finals are set! Love was averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs before being injured.

"It's wonderful how long the National Basketball Association game is", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

LeBron has played all 82 regular season games and has seen 600 more minutes than any Warriors player ahead of the Finals.

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The teams have changed mightily over the last four seasons.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked that he had considered resigning before his team bounced back from a disastrous first half performance to reach the NBA Finals on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). In fact, the Warriors are the biggest favorites in an NBA Finals for the last 16 years, according to data compiled by Sportsoddhistory.com. Golden State is deeper, quicker, more potent offensively and much more reliable defensively. The Warriors will make you pay the price for making mistakes.

The Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the finals on Thursday night (Friday AEST) in the fourth straight matchup between the teams.

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However, when Harden refused the offer and Green withdrew his hands, the Houston man shot him an incensed look - sparking outrage from supporters on social media.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, were +250 underdogs a year ago, far less extreme than their +650 line this time around. But the two meshed nicely and helped the Rockets to a 3-2 lead in the conference finals before Paul's season ended with a hamstring injury in Game 5.

Waiting in the wings are LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a fourth consecutive year. "I think no matter who came out of the West and who came out of the East, the Western Conference victor would have been the prohibitive favorite, for many different reasons", he said. Those teams were much more evenly matched with stacked squads of talent.

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