Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson fined but not suspended over incident

Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson fined but not suspended over incident

It will be the fourth straight finals that Santana, a 10-time Grammy victor and three-time Latin Grammy victor, has played the anthem before the second game on the Warriors' home floor. To compare, the Warriors' defensive rating was 104.2 - only slightly better.

According to oddsmakers, the Warriors are an 11.5-point favorite on the spread line. As of this writing, 56 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Cleveland.

Smith was also asked if he remembered telling an irate LeBron, "I thought we were ahead", after the clock expired, as it appeared he said in a camera angle captured by the broadcast of the game. They may say some things that you may not agree with. Smith was third on the team with 10 points to go with six boards.

Despite a whopping 51 points from LeBron James, the Cavs dropped the series opener in heartbreaking fashion, as a J.R. Smith brain cramp paved the way for a Warriors overtime win.

Thompson injured his left ankle in the first quarter of Golden State's 124-114 overtime victory when he collided with Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith.

Thompson shot above 50 percent from the field for the fifth consecutive game and became the sixth player in National Basketball Association history to make 300 career 3-pointers in the postseason. The team is officially listing him as questionable for Sunday's game.

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Durant said he needed validation from Golden State - which might come somewhat as a surprise considering he had already won an MVP, racked up seven All-Star appearances and led the Thunder to the Finals in 2012.

Second quarter, 9:12, 39-30 Warriors: Klay Thomspon follows up Kevin Durant's 3-pointer with a deep 2-pointer, forcing the Cavaliers to take a timeout. LeBron James stuffed the stat sheet with 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough to lift Cleveland to a win.

Golden State's Andre Iguodala will not play in Sunday's Game 2 of the NBA Finals, missing his sixth straight postseason contest with a bone bruise in his left knee. The over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings. The Golden State Warriors aren't the dominant team they were last season.

James looked absolutely unstoppable in a 51-point performance in Game 1, as he was almost flawless driving to the basket and dropping bombs from 3-point range, but Sunday he passed up several open looks from deep early and only had two shots nine minutes into the game. And if they listen to general consensus - and they swear they don't - they have a better chance of collectively starring in a Broadway revival of "Macbeth" than beating the Warriors. It's incredible what LeBron can do to will his team to be competitive against even the best of foes.

What a start for JaVale McGee and the Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

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