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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…

GAME 1: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS at GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Series: 0-0
Where: Oracle Arena
Tip-off: 9 p.m.
TV: ABC
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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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Marcin Gortat

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Marcin Gortat

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Marcin Gortat's season...

Player: Marcin Gortat

Position: Center

Age: 34

2017-18 salary: $12.8 million

2017-18 stats: 82 G, 25.3 mpg, 8.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.7 bpg, 51.8 FG%, 67.5 FT%, 51.8 eFG%, 112 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 10/18 vs. Sixers - 16 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks, assist, 7-for-12 FG

Season review: Marcin Gortat is self-aware enough to know that what happened to him in 2017-18 was inevitable in many ways. He even publicly called it before the season.

He was one year older, with Ian Mahinmi healthy and in the rotation, and with the NBA continuing to move towards small-ball and big men who can play on the perimeter. As a result, Gortat saw his role in the Wizards rotation pared down noticeably.

Though he still started all 82 games, his minutes went down from 31.2 per game the year before the 25.3. Kelly Oubre, Jr., who played the majority of the season coming off the bench, logged more minutes than Gortat, though he was a starter.

Gortat's minutes were his fewest since the 2009-10 season, when he was a 25-year-old bench player for the Orlando Magic. His numbers this season followed suit. Gortat's points and rebounds per game were both the lowest since that 2009-10 campaign.

Gortat averaged a career-best 10.4 rebounds per game in 2016-17, but the minutes had a direct effect on his volume of boards. He pulled in 2.4 less per game this season despite his rebound percentage (17.0) being close to his career average (17.5). That career average, by the way, is 30th-best all-time an eighth among active players.

Not getting the same opportunities he had in years past, plus public misunderstandings with teammates, combined to make for a frustrating year for Gortat. He said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast midseason it was the worst year of his career. Gortat, though, did continue to make an impact setting screens for the Wizards and he rallied to finish relatively strong.

He had several solid outings in the playoffs, including his 16 points in Game 3 and his 12 rebounds in Game 5. The question is whether that is the last time we will see Gortat in a Wizards uniform.

Washington has played with the idea of trading Gortat for a while now. He popped up in rumors around the trade deadline in February, but remained on the roster. Now he has an expiring contract working in his favor, making it a bit more likely he gets dealt.

Gortat knows his future in Washington is uncertain, though he said following the season he would like to stay. It would not be surprising to him or anyone if he were traded this summer. If not, he's got one year left with the Wizards and could very well have his role decreased even more.

Potential to improve: Rim protection, midrange shooting, free throw percentage

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Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Kelly Oubre, Jr.

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Kelly Oubre, Jr.

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s season...

Player: Kelly Oubre, Jr.

Position: Small forward

Age: 22

2017-18 salary: $2.1 million

2017-18 stats: 81 G, 27.5 mpg, 11.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.4 bpg, 40.3 FG%, 34.1 3P%, 82.0 FT%, 48.2 eFG%, 106 ORtg, 109 DRtg

Best game: 3/21 at Spurs - 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 9-for-17 FG, 3-for-6 3PT

Season review: The first half of Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s 2017-18 season went very differently than the second half. Through 46 games to begin the year, Oubre shot 44.9 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from the perimeter. Oubre then shot just 34.9 percent from the field and 27.4 percent from three in his last 35 games to close the regular season. That included a stretch from March 25 through April 5 in which he shot 2-for-35 from long range and 23-for-77 (29.9%) overall in seven games.

As his head coach described, Oubre had a tale of two seasons. By mid-January it appeared to be a breakout year, as he was scoring consistently and shooting at a high percentage. He was even limiting his mistakes on defense. Then, his shot went away and Oubre could never quite regain it.

All in all, Oubre's season represented a step forward. He proved he could be a top-six player in a playoff rotation and had extended stretches of success he can draw confidence from in the future.

Now Oubre enters his biggest offseason yet as a basketball player. He has just one year left on his rookie scale contract and will be in line for a considerable raise if he keeps developing. If Oubre takes even a slight step forward, he will make big money in his next contract. If he takes a major leap forward, like Otto Porter did when he was in the same position in 2016-17, he could earn way more money than the Wizards can afford as currently constructed.

That dynamic gives the Wizards a decision to make this summer on Oubre's future. He has significant trade value at this point, given his upside and his contract. He is due to make just $3.2 million next season and will be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2019. If they don't see a long-term future for him in Washington, trading him this offseason should not be ruled out.

It figures to be a busy summer for the Wizards and when it comes to Oubre there are a lot of factors in play. If they want financial flexibility, another option would be to deal Porter or another frontcourt starter and roll with Oubre as a less expensive option. Though his season was inconsistent, Oubre has shown enough to warrant consideration as a starter.

Regardless of what the Wizards decide, Oubre himself is in good shape. If he keeps getting better, he will earn a nice deal whether it's in Washington or somewhere else. He just needs to find consistency on both ends of the floor. 

He can do that on offense by tightening up his ball-handling and improving his ability to get to the rim. That would allow him to circumnavigate the type of shooting struggles that held him back late in the year.

Defensively, he has all the natural ability needed to be an elite player. He just needs to limit the gambles he takes that turn into blown assignments or unnecessary fouls.

Potential to improve: Consistency, efficiency, ball-handling

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