Klay Thompson Questionable for Game 2 of NBA Finals with Ankle Sprain

klay-thompson-ankle-sprain-game-2Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has a high ankle sprain coupled with significant bruising. But he still hopes to play in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals. He’s received around-the-clock treatment to prepare him for the game.

Thompson suffered the ankle sprain in Game 1, when he collided with Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith in the first quarter. Smith undercut Thompson after appearing to slip just beforehand.

Thompson would leave the game and return in the second quarter. He finished the contest with 24 points, including shooting 5-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc.

But the ankle got worse overnight and gave him significant trouble on Saturday. Reporters noted that Thompson was walking with a noticeable limp during the media day. He’s now listed as questionable on the injury report heading into Game 2.

Thompson “Pissed Off” After Injury

Klay Thompson is even less happy after watching replays of how his injury occurred.

klay-thompson-warriors“From watching that replay, it pissed me off,” he said. “That’s a tough play on the ball, and then just to tumble into somebody’s legs like that. You’ve got to move past it, but it’s just life, and I’m going to be better from it. It’s just a minor setback. But I don’t think it was intentional.”

Thompson went on to say that Smith apologized about the play. But he also seems mad about how everything went down.

“He was remorseful, so I don’t think he meant to do it. It just sucks. It’s a part of the game. It just sucks from the timing, during the Finals,” he explained.

“But no one’s going to feel sorry for us or me. So I’ve just got to do everything I possibly can these next 24 hours to be right for tomorrow.”

Thompson Optimistic about Game 2

Odds are that Klay Thompson will take the court at some point in Game 2. He’s hoping that it’ll loosen up by game time on Sunday night.

“Yeah, once you stop playing and you slow down and you’re not out there with the adrenaline, it’s naturally going to swell up a little bit,” said Thompson.

“If you don’t move as much as you were, it’s going to stiffen up. So just got to keep it loose at this point. Yeah, just trying to do everything I can to minimize that swelling. … I’m still optimistic for tomorrow, and I’m going to do everything I can today and tonight to get right.”

Smith Defends Play

While J.R. Smith was remorseful for the play, he also explained that it was a legitimate steal attempt.

“I was just trying to go for the ball,” he said. “It looked like an opportunity for me to get a steal. Unfortunately, I didn’t. I fouled him. They called the foul. I don’t know what more he was looking for.”

Iguodala Doubtful for Game 2

Golden State swingman Andre Iguodala is almost guaranteed to miss Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals. Iguodala has a bone bruise in his left leg and has missed five straight playoff games already.

iguodala-lebron-jamesIf Thompson also misses the game, Golden State will be down yet another player when trying to defend LeBron James. The latter scored a career-high 51 points on 19-of-32 shooting. Most of these points (30) came against Kevin Durant. But they also used a combination of Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney to try and slow James.

“It’s a task for anyone, first off,” Green said. “And secondly, we’re going to play our brand of defense and figure it out from there.”

Cavs Warriors Odds for Game 2

Our GTBets odds have the Warriors at -11.5 on the spread and -658 on the moneyline. These odds are likely to drop even more if Thompson can’t play. But again, he’s listed as questionable and is optimistic that he can play.

Cleveland is listed at +11.5 on the spread and +472 on the moneyline. The game tips off at 8:00pm on Sunday night (June 3).

Kevin Love to Play Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals

kevin-love-concussion-game-7-concussionCleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was in danger of missing Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. He suffered a concussion in the sixth contest of the Eastern Conference Finals and was forced to miss Game 7 against the Boston Celtics.

Cleveland survived without him, earning an 87-79 victory to advance to the Finals. But they would have almost no chance against the defending champion Golden State Warriors without him.

The Cavs don’t have to worry about this, though, because Love has passed the league’s concussion protocol. This means that he’ll be available for tonight’s game.

Love bumped heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum on a screen. Taytum was okay to continue playing, but Love was taken out of the game and also missed Game 6.

He participated in shooting drills on Wednesday. But it was only today that he was cleared to compete in the first Finals contest.

Jeff Green started in place of Love and delivered a strong Game 7 performance with 19 points. Green provided much-needed support for a team that’s been largely carried by LeBron James throughout the 2018 postseason.

According to ESPN, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has already said that Love will recclaim his starting role if he passed the concussion protocol.

What will Love Give Cleveland against Golden State?

kevin-love-game-2-finals-2017Love is having a tough playoff run, averaging 13.9 points on just 38.8% shooting from the floor. Nevertheless, he’s the perfect center against Golden State, because he’s a versatile offensive player who can help Cleveland withstand the Warriors’ small ball lineup.

Love is also averaging 10.0 rebounds in the playoffs. And he played well against Golden State in both games this year, averaging 24.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.

Odds on Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have gotten good news upon learning that Kevin Love will play in tonight’s game. But this doesn’t change the fact that they’re huge underdogs in the 2018 Finals.

Here are our GTBets odds on the first contest:

  • Cleveland Cavaliers +13 (-111); +707 moneyline
  • Golden State Warriors -13 (-107); -893 moneyline
  • Over 215 (-104)
  • Under 215 (-114)

The problem with Cleveland is that they don’t have a lot of star power outside of LeBron James.

Players like Green, Love, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith can step up when needed. But they still don’t offer the consistent performances that stars have.

This is where Golden State differs greatly, because they have four All-Stars in Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. They also have a strong bench that includes Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, and David West.

Some analysts question whether Cleveland can even win a game. In last year’s NBA Finals meeting between these teams, Golden State won handily in five games. The Cavs shot the lights out in the one contest that they did win.

Cleveland had All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving on their team last year, which gave them more of a chance to compete. This year will be an even tougher battle, because Love hasn’t played great and there are no other All-Star level players on the roster.