Golden State can edge another high-class encounter
The Cavs had a free throw to beat Warriors in Game One
NBA finals game two BT Sport 1, 1am Sunday night
Cleveland blew a golden chance to ignite the NBA finals and the question is how much is left in the tank following their galling loss in Game One in Oakland.
The Cavs had a free throw to beat the Warriors in the Oracle Arena but missed it and JR Smith bizarrely ran away from the net instead of shooting the potential game-winning points. They simply had nothing left to give in overtime as the Warriors eased ahead in the best-of-seven series 124-114.
So to Game Two and there are two schools of thought.
First, Cleveland gave it their all on Thursday night with LeBron James delivering in style to the tune of 51 points, yet still they couldn’t win. Surely the only way is down. Get on the sweep at 2-1.
On the flip side, the Cavs now know that Golden State are vulnerable and beatable. They couldn’t bring it home in the first road game but they scared the living daylights out of Steph Curry’s superstars and, after a rest, that augurs well for another high-class and close-fought encounter.
Cleveland's Kevin Love is available after escaping a ban for leaving the bench during a late skirmish.
A Golden State victory by one to ten points was a winner for us in the opener and it's worth backing again.
Golden State by one to ten points
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