James exits the game at 1:47 left in the first quarter. The Warriors go on an 10-0 run to finish the frame and take a seven-point lead to the bench. James has 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Thompson has been back to his normal self for Golden State, scoring 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. It’s been fun, but the result is the same. The Warriors have the advantage.
Kerr wanted his team to take care of the ball. That hasn’t happened. The Warriors already have 11 turnovers with seven minutes left in the first half.
This is getting ridiculous. James has 21 points in 13 minutes. He has missed on one shot so far. And the Cavs are down 46-43.
Another injured player worth keeping an eye on is Indiana wing OG Anunoby, a combo forward who is still recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in January. Teams have been monitoring Anunoby, even with the possibility that he might not play at all next season.
The Lakers have been hopeful that Anunoby would somehow last through the first round to their second pick, No. 28. Of all the things their young core of recent draftees lacks, a defensive edge tops the list, and that is Anunoby’s strength.
While there is some concern about whether he is more of a small forward or power forward, Anunoby shrugged that off, saying Three and four are kind of the same thing now.
But the Lakers will have to dodge plenty of interested teams should they decide that Anunoby is their guy. The Heat, with the 14th pick, have also shown interest, as have the Blazers at 15.