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Cavs’ Green appreciates NBA Finals run after heart surgery

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When Jeff Green underwent open heart surgery in January 2012 to repair an aortic aneurysm, doctors said he might never play basketball again. The 31-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers forward scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in place of injured Kevin Love in a seventh-game Eastern Conference victory over Boston that lifted the Cavs into their fourth consecutive championship series and Green into his first. Green scored seven points and passed out five assists over 36 minutes in Cleveland's 124-114 overtime loss to Golden State in the finals opener Thursday.

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Warriors planned defense around LeBron James’ isolations

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During Games 6 and 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, Tyronn Lue repeatedly ran early, high pick-and-roll sets for LeBron James in order to force switches. This allowed James to then back out with the ball and attack against the likes of Al Horford and Terry Rozier instead of Marcus Morris, while also creating mismatches the rest of the Boston roster wasn’t ready for. This plan worked like a charm — especially in crunch time — and during the last two matchups against the Celtics James scored a whopping 81 points.

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Warriors outlast Cavaliers to draw first blood in NBA Finals

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By Rory Carroll OAKLAND (Reuters) – The Golden State Warriors overcame a 51-point effort from Cleveland Cavaliers' star forward LeBron James before dominating in overtime to seal a thrilling 124-114 Game One triumph in the NBA Finals on Thursday. In a physical and at times contentious start to the Finals, Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 29 points and nine assists, while Kevin Durant added 24 for the defending champions, who survived a scare from the underdog Cavs. It's not going to be easy," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game, which marked the fourth consecutive year the teams have met in the title series.

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Warriors outlast Cavaliers to draw first blood in NBA Finals

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By Rory Carroll OAKLAND (Reuters) – The Golden State Warriors overcame a 51-point effort from Cleveland Cavaliers' star forward LeBron James before dominating in overtime to seal a thrilling 124-114 Game One triumph in the NBA Finals on Thursday. In a physical and at times contentious start to the Finals, Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 29 points and nine assists, while Kevin Durant added 24 for the defending champions, who survived a scare from the underdog Cavs. It's not going to be easy," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game, which marked the fourth consecutive year the teams have met in the title series.

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NBA notebook: Lakers will reportedly pass on LiAngelo Ball

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It appears LaVar Ball faces an uphill battle getting his son LiAngelo a roster spot with the Los Angeles Lakers. LiAngelo, the younger brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and middle of three basketball-playing Ball brothers, worked out for Los Angeles on Tuesday. In the aftermath of the workout, the Lakers have no interest in drafting LiAngelo or signing the 19-year-old to play for their G League team, the South Bay Lakers, according to a report from USA Today Sports.

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NBA notebook: Lakers will reportedly pass on LiAngelo Ball

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It appears LaVar Ball faces an uphill battle getting his son LiAngelo a roster spot with the Los Angeles Lakers. LiAngelo, the younger brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and middle of three basketball-playing Ball brothers, worked out for Los Angeles on Tuesday. In the aftermath of the workout, the Lakers have no interest in drafting LiAngelo or signing the 19-year-old to play for their G League team, the South Bay Lakers, according to a report from USA Today Sports.

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Kevin Love clears concussion protocol, available for Game 1 of NBA Finals

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Kevin Love did not play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. The 3-point shooting big man also played in just five minutes of Game 6 after suffering a concussion which, until Thursday morning, had us wondering whether Cleveland’s second-best player would find the floor to open the 2018 NBA Finals. According to a release from the Cavaliers, Love has cleared concussion protocol and will be available to play in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors Thursday night in Oakland.

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