Warriors’ Andre Iguodala out for Game 1 of NBA Finals against Cavs

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Love's Status Unknown For NBA Finals Opener

Needless to say, making a call of Warriors-Cavs isn't exactly going out on a limb, but it's worth recognizing that the video game has proven its simulation engine prophetic in many other instances.

Where James decides to go is a mystery the entire league is attempting to solve, and there likely won't be much clarity on his future until after the end of the NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Warriors, which begins Thursday. But their young, strong squad still made it to the Eastern Conference finals and would have come out victorious if Bron hadn't put up 40 plus games in three out of four of Cleveland's victories. In his nine trips to the Finals, he's been the underdog seven times.

Injuries could play a role, with Love uncertain for the opener while in the National Basketball Association concussion protocol and Golden State's Andre Iguodala questionable with a sore left knee.

Although the Warriors are heavy favorites in this year's championship, per OddsShark, it wouldn't be the biggest shock to see Cavs forward LeBron James drop 40-point triple doubles en route to a massive upset.

The defending champions have been blighted injuries throughout the season, with four of their All-Stars suffering significant injuries.

In 2016, the Warriors did not win the championship.

Unfortunately for the Cavs, that formula's occurrence was a rarity. However, if the Rockets want any shot at landing Paul George, they will have to fend off serious competition from the Los Angeles Lakers. When they protected the ball by turning it over fewer times than Cleveland, again, they were basically unbeatable. It wasn't good enough for Cleveland to play well - they also needed the Warriors to play poorly. They went to Stephen Curry, who hit a step-back 3 over Ryan Anderson.

Through three games in the previous series, Iguodala averaged 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists in just over 27 minutes per game.

At this point, it looks like Love is closer to inactive than active for Game 1. The absence of All-Star point guard Chris Paul ultimately proved to be one of the pivotal factors in the Warriors returning to the NBA Finals. It was time for Kevin Durant to take over.

Steph Curry has won two regular season MVPs. The 30-year-old has never won a Finals MVP award.

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