Durant was last year's NBA Finals MVP, is the No. 3 scorer by average among players who have played at least 10 finals games (32.9 points), and still might be the second-best forward in this series.
"He thought it was over".
Coach Tyronn Lue said after the game that Smith though the Cavs were ahead, although Smith said he knew the game was tied and was waiting for a timeout to be called.
Yet Smith insisted he knew the score.
Meaning a $1,200 bet on the Warriors would win $100 if the champions successfully defend their title, while a $100 bet on the Cavs would win $750 if LeBron captures his fourth ring.
Parson to take lead as Greitens resigns
Walling said several factors would make a political revival tougher for Greitens than for other scandal-plagued politicians. "Gov. Greitens, the state's first Jewish governor, is a former Navy SEAL and was before the scandals considering a presidential run.
"It took to the second question of my first media availability (of the 2018 Finals), so I'm pretty sure that narrative's going to take life, as it has since 2015", Curry said. Me not hitting the free throw, I feel like cost our team the win. "Clearly that wasn't the case".
Iguodala relishes the challenge of a 4th consecutive finals showdown with James and the Cavaliers, the first time in United States pro sports such a "four-peat" has happened. James asked. "I have no idea. Where you've got great guys who not only have great talent, but practice exactly how you're supposed to practice, and then go on in a game and play it that way". Golden State outscored the Rockets by 68 points in its Western Conference finals win and beat them by an average of almost 10 points in the first quarter out of halftime. "But honestly, I don't care if he plays or not". "He made a great rebound and gave them an opportunity to win the basketball game".
Lue expects a big bounce-back performance in Game 2. While the Warriors have plenty of star power, Cleveland is actually down a star from last year's Finals, when Golden State booted the Wine & Gold out in five games.
The odds definitely aren't in favor of the Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals. James notched his eighth 40-point game during this playoff run to tie Hall of Famer Jerry West's feat in 1965 for most in a single postseason.
During this time, we've seen midseason acquisitions like Rodney Hood bumped from the rotation, Larry Nance Jr.'s playing time dictated by Thompson's minutes and Jordan Clarkson's court time decrease every series.