Kevin Love clears concussion protocol, available for Game 1 of NBA Finals

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His pass was nearly picked off, but J.R. Smith's gamble turned out to be ill-advised. For the fourth year in a row, we're getting a matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Instead, this game's legacy is an overturned charge call late in regulation, Smith's gaffes, contradictory explanations from Cleveland and hot tempers in the final seconds.

Said Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Wednesday: "He's frustrated".

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue's assessment? Not everybody from this team will probably be back for the higher thing. Hood did drop 26 against Golden State on December 27 as a member of the Utah Jazz, for what it's worth.

Even though it didn't go as smooth as we would have thought, this saga continues, as expected earlier in the season, to a fourth straight finals showdown. "This game is over and done with".

Let's be clear: The Warriors aren't here because of luck.

"Splintered" is how Stephen Curry described what he feared could happen in the second quarter of Game 7 at Houston with the Warriors pushed to the brink by the Rockets in a thrilling West showdown. They have two NBA MVPs.

He was back in a few minutes. The team won an National Basketball Association record 73 games during the regular season. "Just trying to figure out how to move in general".

The Cavs dealt Irving to the Celtics in August 2017 in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and the Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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After the game, Smith tried to explain his rationale, saying he knew the score was tied at 107, so he dribbled the ball out to either set up a better shot or get a timeout. Big break No. 2.

The NBA Finals series will air on ABC.

One thing the league was not looking at in the near future was adding another franchise to the 30-team NBA, Silver said.

Still, Lue can't expect a core of Green, Thompson and Smith to take down the Warriors, no matter how well James and Love play. Referee Ken Mauer called an offensive foul, but it was overturned after replay review.

"Tonight we played as well as we've played all postseason, and we gave ourselves a chance possession after possession after possession", James said.

James was well outside the area, and the Cavs didn't buy the explanation. Game 4 was a turning point as the Warriors made a major change. Big break No. 3.

George Hill is the Cavs' point guard now.

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