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Cleveland had the ball in a tie game with last shot, but James missed, and JR Smith's touch heave from the corner stayed out. Just that fast, free basketball... and when the Warriors went small late, and Cavs HC / Big Liability David Blatt not adjusting and leading to Mozgov having to take important shots late, it was a 10-2 runaway in overtime. In the midst of that, Kyrie Irving went off with a fresh injury, and it's Warriors 1, Cavs 0. If Irving can't go, this could get away in a hurry.
How clueless is Blatt? Enough to say he had no idea why his team, playing a tight rotation against a Dub team that goes ten deep, couldn't get boards late. (I'll spell it for you, sir: e-x-h-a-u-s-t-i-o-n.) We know that J.R. Smith is going to shoot, but given his historic percentages and 3-for-13 tonight, the Dubs are probably fine with that. And in a development that had to give Cavs Fan special pause that they were no longer working against dumb people, the Dubs severely pressured G Matthew Dellevedova to the point that made him look scared to be on the floor.
Game Two is Sunday, and if Irving can't get back on the floor, there's a chance that we're going to see a 50-20-10 line from James as he tries to do anything to get his franchise their first Finals win ever... but he might do that and still not get a win. So long as the game is close and fun to watch, the public will be along for the ride. Just maybe not for as many games as we might have thought.