Who would have thought that in 2018, Kyle Korver would be a key part of an NBA Finals team? Do the math and this year's series marks the first "fourmatch". The Rockets were getting open shots in Game 7 even without Paul - they just weren't hitting them. These Cavs don't match up.
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Love missed the Cavaliers' game seven Eastern Conference victory over Boston on Sunday after clashing heads with the Celtics Jayson Tatum in the previous game.
Right now, there's no evidence that Iguodala could play in the Finals, so the presumption - at this juncture - should be that Iguodala doesn't play in the Finals.
James, a 14-time All-Star and four-time MVP, nearly single-handedly carried Cleveland to the Finals. Cleveland is an inferior defensive team to Houston, and Durant should have more opportunities to make things happen, both for himself and for his teammates.
Coach Steve Kerr lamented that Golden State's first half on Monday night was "one of the most freaky first halves" his team has played since he's been with the Warriors and joked that he thought of resigning at halftime before getting serious.
Still, the Warriors are in good shape.
The Warriors are heavily favored, owing to Cleveland's thin roster and lack of support for LeBron James. Those are two solid options. After missing the 2015 NBA Finals with a shoulder injury, the power forward averaged just 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 36.2 percent from the field in 2016. That's probably going to prove simplistic against Golden State, but it certainly can't hurt.
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We've got to do a little bit better, and it would be nice if they would help out a little bit, but it seems like they're not. They missed all 14 of their attempts in the third, with Ariza missing five while Harden and Gordon missed three apiece.
"We're still without Andre, which is a big blow for us", Kerr said before Monday's Game 7 at Houston. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. "We're going to have a great gameplan".
The Warriors had a little help from the Rockets who couldn't buy a 3-point basket.
They came up against a determined and hungry Houston Rockets team who had openly stated that they were on a mission to end their dominance in the west.
"Definitely a different team but we know everything goes and stops with LeBron James with them", Green said. The Warriors have to take that seriously. That makes Steph Curry and company easily the largest favorites since 2002, which is as far back as SportsOddsHistory's records go.
But the Warriors are always the better team - and perhaps because of that, this Golden State squad has the nasty habit of playing disengaged, entitled basketball, trusting that they can play a one good quarter (or half of a quarter) and win.
The Rockets got one wide open shot after another - only to see virtually every one bounce away instead of falling through the net. His average third-quarter points are almost double any other quarter and his true shooting percentage is near 80 percent.
In the three games that he played in the series, the Warriors were a combined +4 with Iguodala on the floor. For Warriors owner Joe Lacob however, he's growing exhausted of yet another series with the Cavs.