Kevin Love cleared to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots the basketball during NBA Finals media day at Oracle Arena. Kyle Terada USA TODAY Sports  Reuters

Moments ahead of Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert took to Twitter to thank his players and front office for the team's fourth consecutive trip to the championship.

Then there was Cavs icon LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, engaging in a bit of trash talk and a playful push, after the former blocked the latter's shot in overtime. "They obviously changed it to a blocking foul because [James] was moving".

With George Hill at the free throw line following a foul by Klay Thompson with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Hill, an 80% free throw shooter, made the first foul shot before missing the second.

The icing on the cake was J.R. Smith literally having no idea that the game was tied.

While the game was hard-fought on both ends, there's little doubt that extra attention will be paid to the officiating in the final seconds of regulation. And when I knew that, I was like, 'okay, that's going to be our ball.' I knew I was outside the charge line, so that's what the communication was to us. "I want to just try to maximize as much as I can and be as good as I can".

His head coach, Ty Lue, told reporters after the game that Smith told him he thought the Cavs were winning.

"I tried to get enough space because, obviously, KD [Kevin Durant] was standing right there".

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"To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right".

"I don't know if she believed me, and I don't know if you guys believe me, but I really felt that", James said.

"For our team to come out and play their hearts out and compete the way we did, man, it's bad", said Lue. "It's never been done before where you know he's outside the restricted, and then you go there and overturn the call and say it's a block". "We got lucky. He could've taken a shot but he dribbled out".

In overtime, the defending champion Warriors eased away from the Cavs, who had entered the game as massive underdogs. At one point, he scored 12 straight in the third quarter, keeping in Cavs in the game during a stretch where the Warriors often distance themselves from their opponent. But, Thompson would return and posted 24 points. "Individual player accomplishment and team accomplishments", he said.

"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".

"The level that I can play at is to be seen, but the level that I put into the game and put into my craft is who I am", he said.

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