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

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Just hours before tipoff of the 2018 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers have announced that All-Star forward Kevin Love will be available after missing Games 6 & 7 of the Eastern Conference finals due to a concussion.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he was pleased to see Love cleared for Game 1.

Second quarter, 5:30, 49-40 Cavs: George Hill hits a 3-pointer, then he steals the inbound pass and Larry Nance scores another basket to give the Cavs their largest lead of the night. An afterthought much of the season, Thompson rejoined the Cleveland rotation in the play-offs and has provided the Cavaliers with 6.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

The clash is a repeat of last year's NBA Finals, when the Warriors roared to a 4-1 series win to lift the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy for a second time in three seasons. The Cavaliers will still be underdogs even with Iggy out of the lineup, because they have three of the best ten shooters in the league.

"Anybody who tells you they're surprised by that, they're lying", Smith said. "It being one of the worst losses, got to kind of put it behind you now".

"Generally, we want to bring our free agents back", Morey said. "I had loved him at Arizona and was hoping that he slid to us with that pick". "You just get a great set of players on the court". But I don't have my trophies, so I don't know where a lot of that stuff is.

"He has very, very quick hands", James said.

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Jeff Sherman reported that the Warriors opened as minus-1,200 favorites, with the Cavaliers at plus-750. The Warriors beat the Cavs in 2015, before Cleveland stormed back from a 3-1 deficit to take the title in 2016. Injured to start the postseason, Curry showed just how explosive he and the Warriors remain with some big third quarters in the West finals.

Don't spend too long in the kitchen or elsewhere away from the television during halftime in the NBA Finals, because you risk missing the most important part of the games.

Rules allow officials to go to replay in the final 2 minutes of regulation or in overtime to determine if a defender attempting to draw a charge was in the restricted area.

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