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NBA Finals 2017 Cavs at Warriors Game 1: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

NBA Finals 2017 Cavs at Warriors Game 1: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors battle LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of their NBA Finals rematch on Thursday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Series: 0-0
Where: Oracle Arena
Tip-off: 9 p.m.
Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: ESPN

Three things to watch...

The trilogy

We had a pretty good feeling this was going to happen, that the Cavs and Warriors would meet again for the third straight time in the NBA Finals, even though that had never happened before in the game's history. They are far and away the best teams in their conference and that was evidenced by the Warriors going undefeated through the first three rounds of the playoffs and by the Cavs losing just one game.

Cleveland and Golden State can now settle a great debate and that is which team has the biggest reason to complain about the finals they lost. Which team is closer to being two-time defending champs? The Cavaliers were up 2-1 in 2015, did not have Kevin Love for the entire series and only had Kyrie Irving for Game 1, yet they lost in six games. The Warriors were up 3-1 in 2016 before Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5. They went on to lose the series. Hopefully this series gives neither side a reason to cry foul.

[RELATED: Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 14: Finals preview; would Melo fit?]

Durant joins the fun

Though these teams are meeting for the third time, this series will have one massive difference. That's because Kevin Durant, a former MVP, joined the Warriors who had won 73 games last season and who had taken the Cavs to seven games. Will Durant's addition swing the series, or maybe even help the Warriors win easily? Some are certainly predicting that.

Durant has been playing exceptional basketball in the playoffs. He's averaging 25.2 points on a ridiculous 55.6 percent shooting, including 41.7 percent from three. Somebody on the Cavs has to stop him.

[RELATED: Pierce questions Durant's choice to join Warriors a year later]

Cavs are on fire

We'll see if the long layoff affected them, but the Cavaliers were shooting at an incredible rate from three through their first 13 playoff games. They hold a 43.5 three-point percentage as a team. For some context, that would rank fourth in the NBA this past season among individual players. Add in the fact the Cavs are doing this on over 33 attempts per game and it is extremely impressive.

Speaking of that, watch out for Love. He missed the first series between these teams and was awful last year when he averaged just 8.5 points on 36.2 percent from the field. Through 13 games in these playoffs, he's put up 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and has shot 47.5 percent from three. That looks like a chance for redemption.

For more on the Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals, go to CSNbayarea.com.

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!