Things got chippy towards the end, as Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson was called for a flagrant 2 when defending Shaun Livingston’s jump shot. Nothing looked out of the ordinary on the play. But referee Tony Brothers claimed that Thompson’s elbow was too high on the close-out attempt.
Warriors forward Draymond Green then got in Thompson’s face and taunted him after the ejection. Thompson took the ball and shoved it in Green’s face, with his hand hitting Green on the follow through.
Amidst all the ruckus, Kevin Love got off the bench to argue with the refs about the call on his teammate. The NBA rule book states that any player who comes off the bench during an altercation will be suspended.
Now, before Game 2 on Sunday night, we have two potential Cavaliers’ suspensions brewing. But will Thompson and Love actually be suspended? Find out as I look at what’s currently being said in the media.
Kevin Love will Reportedly Not be Suspended for Game 2
CBS Sports’ Kevin Skiver and Kyle Boone report that Love should take the court on Sunday:
Of course, the league does tend to take the context of the series into consideration. Russell Westbrook, for example, was fined $10,000 and issued a retroactive technical for walking onto the floor in Game 4 against the Jazz, so there is precedent for bending the rule. Keeping Love for Game 2 is a huge win for Cleveland, all things considered.
Rachel Nichols backed up the story that Love went on the court to argue the call against Thompson, but then retreated to the bench when the incident happened:
Kevin Love told me he left the bench in OT to argue the call on Tristan, walking onto the court to get in the officials' eyeline, not in reaction to any scuffle & before it even broke out. Video (via @bballbreakdown) seems to back this up; not sure if it will matter to the league pic.twitter.com/JeHmd6Fl2p
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 1, 2018
Thompson’s Status Up in the Air
While Love may be in the clear, the league is still deciding what to do about Tristan Thompson’s status.
The original ejection was made rather hastily, probably in an attempt to make sure things didn’t escalate. It was the final black mark in a number of questionable calls by the officials.
The part that the league is still reviewing is whether Thompson shoving the ball in Green’s face is ejection worthy. League officials may ultimately decide not to take action, especially given the way the officiating went towards the end.
Odds Cavs vs. Warriors Game 2
Here are our GTBets odds on Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals:
- Cleveland Cavaliers +11.5 (-107); +526 moneyline
- Golden State Warriors -11.5 (-111); -836 moneyline
- 215.5 over (-109)
- 215.5 under (-109)
You can see that Golden State is once again heavily favored. But it’s also worth mentioning that Cleveland kept Game 1 very close until overtime.
The Game 2 line reflects this, with Cleveland moving from a 13.5-point underdog to an 11.5-point underdog this time around.
Of course, Thompson being suspended figures to impact this. So keep an eye on the NBA news and jump on the line if anything happens.