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The NBA Finals have just gotten underway and, for the fourth straight year, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be facing off against the reigning NBA champion, Golden State Warriors. Game one and two in the NBA finals have already been played in Oakland.

In game one, the Cavaliers came in as massive underdogs, but were able to stay with the Warriors for the entire game, with lots of help from LeBron James. He scored 51 points in game one. The Cavs were down one, with only seconds left when Cavalier guard, George Hill, was able to make a free throw to tie the game. However, Hill missed the second free throw, which was rebounded by the Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith. Smith then dribbled away from the basket and let the time run out, which left millions stunned. The Warriors were able to outplay the Cavs in overtime, outscoring them 17-7. The Warriors took game one at home: 124-114.

Many NBA fans and other players were stunned by the late game mistake made by J.R. Smith. People were wondering whether he was unsure of the score, and thought that his team was winning. When Smith was asked about the play he said “I knew we were tied.” He also stated that he thought LeBron wanted to call a timeout so he dribbled the ball out, waiting for that time out; however, the time out was never called.  LeBron James was also asked about the play. He calmly stated, “I would never give up on J.R., that’s not my M.O.; I don’t give up on any of my players.”

Going into game two, Warriors all star guard Klay Thompson was questionable with a high ankle sprain that he suffered in game one. However, he was able to start game two in Oakland. Game two was very different from game one. The Warriors were able to slow down Lebron James, as he only scored 29, opposed to 51 in game one. Stephen Curry set an NBA record for most three pointers made in a Finals game, with nine. This was all done in route to a 33 point performance by Curry and a 19 point rout of the Cavaliers. The Cavs never led the game despite Kevin Love and George Hill helping out LeBron.

Games three and four will transition to Cleveland. The Cavaliers have not lost at home since the first round, winning eight straight at the Q. Warriors Andre Iguodala who was in the starting lineup throughout the playoffs suffered a knee injury. Iguodala will be active in game three, playing his first minutes since may 20th. When LeBron James was asked about how he felt going into game three he said. “ We want to continue to be uncomfortable, just because we are going home doesn’t mean we can relax”

Game three will be Wednesday June 6th at Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland. LeBron James will attempt to rally his troops and get his team on the board. The Cavs are substantially better at home, but the Warriors are also very good on the road.

Leading into the Finals, the Cavaliers were able to beat the Boston Celtics in the the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to LeBron’s 8th straight Finals appearance. The series went seven games and the Cavs were able to steal game seven on the road. The Warriors were also able to steal game seven on the road, against the one seed, Houston Rockets. 

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