Matthew Dellavedova sunk a pair of go-ahead free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining in overtime and the Cleveland Cavaliers knotted the NBA Finals at a game apiece with a 95-93 win over the Golden State Warriors.
NBA players rarely get wide-open shots. Even less often they choose not to take them. In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Golden State center Andrew Bogut did exactly that, confusing the commentators and the crowd.
Although the Golden State Warriors enter the NBA Finals as the favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers, recent history between the two teams sides with Lebron James. The King should have plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about the upcoming matchup because of his utter dominance. The series opens up at Golden State, where Lebron’s last trip resulted in dramatic winning fashion.
For five straight seasons, now, LeBron James has sat in the Eastern Conference throne. Only two of his past four trips to the NBA Finals, however, have resulted in championships. And if James is to win a third this June, he’s got his work cut out for him.
The Golden State Warriors were the NBA’s best team this year, and it wasn’t close. Their 67-win campaign makes them one of the 10 best regular-season teams of all time. The bad news for the Cavs is that Golden State hasn’t looked much worse in the postseason.