Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Talk It Out: Can the Cavaliers win the 2018 NBA Finals?

Talk It Out: Can the Cavaliers win the 2018 NBA Finals?

The Warriors drew first blood and took a 1-0 lead after they won 124-114 in overtime. "This is LeBron James".

There was no way the Cavaliers would have a chance in Game 1 against the Warriors if James had to carry the load alone.

"To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right". It did not go well, to say the least.

With the Cavaliers leading 104-102 with 30 seconds remaining, Kevin Durant drove into the lane and was met by LeBron James, who slid in for the stop.

"We had doubt as to whether or not James was in the restricted area", Mauer said.

It's not as if the two teams would have to play in front of a bunch of empty seats, though. After a replay review, Tristan Thompson received a flagrant two foul and ejection with 2.6 seconds left.

During his postgame press conference Thursday night, James was, predictably and repeatedly, asked about Smith's failure to recognize that the score was tied near the end of regulation.

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It must be said that Smith's blunder nearly completely overshadowed the mistakes of Golden State's Kevin Durant, who allowed Smith to grab the offensive rebound, and Cleveland's George Hill, who could have given the Cavaliers the lead by making his second free throw (after hitting the first attempt).

"And they called a charge, right?" He passed the ball to Hill, whose shot was missed as time expired. But it wasn't enough when Curry answered with a three-point play and Smith made his blunder.

James was visibly livid with Smith and the guard claims that he thought that the Cavaliers were going to call a timeout after his rebound. The Cavs are the biggest finals outsiders in 20 years, but LeBron's 51-point masterclass brought them to the verge of a massive opening victory.

As for allowing James to go off for 51 points, Kerr said, "They have a guy who is playing basketball at a level I'm not sure anybody's ever seen before".

Kevin Durant added 26 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks, while Klay Thompson scored 24 points.

Draymond Green flirted with a triple double by notching 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

James got the first-half help he needed, not only from Love (12 points and eight rebounds in the first half), but also Smith (seven points plus four rebounds) and Larry Nance Jr.

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