The Cavs' frustration quickly reached boiling point when Tristan Thompson was tossed out of the game after a Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 on Shaun Livingston with 2.6 seconds left and the Warriors already up big. "He's doing a little bit better today". Nonetheless, the Cavs lost an excellent chance to take a 1-0 series lead on the vastly superior Warriors, only to have it slip away.
"We're playing a great team and it's the Finals". It's a group effort, anyway, guarding LeBron.
However, he continues to have nerve inflammation surrounding his left knee. "I can't think of a bigger gap from a team perspective", said ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy on a recent conference call with the media.
The Cavs finished their series Sunday at Boston, so James spent a relaxing Memorial Day Monday with family having a barbecue. He has sought multiple opinions for the injury. "I'm just trying to play in a way that will help us win a championship". "But making some progress".More news: Reaction to Zidane's Real Madrid exit
"I think I've missed one or two practices a [year], because when you live in northeast OH and you have four seasons, you will get sick". He's one of the best shooters in the game for a reason. "But it just means other guys have got to step up".
The only question now that remains is at what percentage of health Love will return at. The Warriors will be without Andre Iguodala, 34, a crucial part of of their defense, as he is out with a leg contusion.The Cavs nearly had to kick off the series without their star center, Kevin Love, 29, however, on the day of Game 1, he was cleared to play after being on concussion protocol.
James, who has carried his fourth-seeded Cavs to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals, said the key to success would be staying aggressive and getting his team mates involved. More impressively, Golden State kept high-scoring Houston under 100 in five straight games and is right behind Cleveland at 100.3 in the playoffs.
James certainly understands what the Warriors are missing without Iguodala's presence and athleticism.
"We had doubt as to whether or not James was in the restricted area", Mauer said.