Kevin Love’s status for Game 1 up in the air

P.J. Tucker Chris Paul

He started for Kevin Love and scored 19 points with eight rebounds, and provided the versatility to switch onto any Boston player on defense in what was Cleveland's best defensive performance statistically of the entire season.

Perhaps alarmingly for Warriors fans, Kerr admitted he didn't know when Iguodala will be healthy enough to play in the Finals.

On Monday night the Golden State Warriors took down the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, punching their ticket to a fourth consecutive matchup against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Since the playoffs opened, Cleveland has embraced the "Whatever It Takes" mantra that began as a catchy organizational slogan and morphed into a way of survival. First, without Paul, the Rockets were missing their most reliable midrange player; someone who at times had his way against the Jazz in the second-round series because of his ability to neutralize a club that was generally happy surrender that sort of lower-percentage look.

James might be playing the best basketball of his life.

"We're all going to try to paint a picture of there's a chance that Cleveland could win", Van Gundy said.

"Just having these guys here who have been through it, been through the tough times, been through the great times as well, this is a bond that can't be broken", Lue said.

One of the streakiest shooters in the league, Smith has had prolonged slumps. The All-Star point guard would miss the final two games of the series, both losses.

"I can't control that", Durant said when quizzed on his effect.

Will that be the only reason the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in the Finals? The Rockets, especially in the first half, were about as active as we have seen since maybe the Jeff Van Gundy era. Maybe more than the style of play is who is executing it and the Rockets just didn't have the shooters the Warriors do.

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Kyrie Irving won the Kyrie Irving trade. But that didn't keep ESPN analyst Jalen Rose from trying. While unwinding long after the win with Morton's The Steakhouse cuisine and a cold one, Kerr responded to those words by saying, "We would have won the series in five if Iggy played".

Now that's a safe bet.

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