Warriors' Iguodala out for Game 1 of Finals

Posted May 31, 2018

In talking about his one season with Durant in Seattle leading up to his Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Green provided a pretty hilarious quote. Many have suggested that this is the worst supporting cast James has had in any of his nine career appearances in the finals: Jeff Green, a player nearly synonymous with failing to meet expectations, was the second-best player in Cleveland's upset of the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Iguodala, who missed the last four games of the Western Conference final with a bone bruise in his left leg, was evaluated by team doctors on Tuesday, the Warriors said on Wednesday.

He was evaluated this week and is making progress, according to the Warriors.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' road to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance was mired in uncertainty.

There was a moment when it looked as if both Cleveland and Golden State could miss the Finals.

OAKLAND, Calif. - For the second time in the last four years, the Cleveland Cavaliers enter the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors without All-Star Kevin Love as a lock to play in Game 1. That was expected to translate into a second consecutive championship and put them in the conversation as the greatest team in National Basketball Association history. In fact, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened Golden State as a -1,000 favorite to win this series - the largest Finals favorite in at least 16 seasons.

I mean, he knows he's LeBron James, and he knows who he is. "Just because of the 18 of a possible 21 finals games that I've played against them in the last three years, I figured that they could make it happen". In 2017, he became the first player in Finals history to average a triple-double for the series. A common response to this scenario is to try to match Curry and Durant 3-pointer for 3-pointer while playing at a breakneck pace, rather than just plugging away with higher-percentage shots and letting their halftime lead do some of the heavy lifting.

And if you're wondering how we can be so dismissing of the Cavs, well, it's because they needed a Boston breakdown to get past a team that was missing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. LeBron needs one more 30-point playoff game to tie Michael Jordan (109) for the most all time. You've got to win.

Had the Celtics stuck to their simple passing game and allowed their talented though inexperienced youngsters to exploit the openings and wear out the Clevelanders, they'd still have games to play this season. He's always talking to guys, trying to help them get better. As the Cavaliers struggled to find any semblance of consistency, superstar LeBron James wondered whether a playoff berth was even in the cards. And just because a guy is not playing well, you can't give up on a guy.

Will that carry over to the NBA Finals, giving James and Cleveland a chance?

If the Cavaliers win this championship, it might be time to declare the regular season irrelevant.

Back home, fireworks went off in the East Bay as everyone anticipates another battle with King James.