2018 NBA Finals

2018 NBA Finals
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Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr 4
Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue 0
Dates May 31 – June 8
MVP Kevin Durant
(Golden State Warriors)
Television U.S.:
English: ABC
Spanish: ESPN Deportes
Canada: TSN (Games 1 and 3) Sportsnet (Games 2 and 4)
Announcers ABC:
ESPN Deportes:
Radio network ESPN Radio (National)
Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network (Cleveland)
Golden State Warriors Radio Network (Golden State)
Announcers Marc Kestecher and Hubie Brown (ESPN Radio)
John Michael and Jim Chones (Cleveland)
Tim Roye, Jim Barnett and Tom Tolbert (Golden State)
Referees
Game 1: Ken Mauer, Tony Brothers, Ed Malloy
Game 2: Mike Callahan, David Guthrie, Derrick Stafford
Game 3: Marc Davis, John Goble, Zach Zarba
Game 4: Scott Foster, James Capers, Jason Phillips
Eastern Finals Cavaliers defeated Celtics, 4–3
Western Finals Warriors defeated Rockets, 4–3
NBA Finals

The 2018 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2017–18 season and conclusion of the season's playoffs. In this best-of-seven playoff, the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors swept the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers 4 games to 0. This Finals was the first time in any of North America's four major professional sports leagues that the same two teams met for the championship four years in a row.[1] This was also the first time that a team was swept in the NBA Finals since 2007, in which the Cavaliers were also the losing team. LeBron James, in his eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance, suffered the second Finals sweeps of his career, having also played in the 2007 NBA Finals. Kevin Durant was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year. After his third appearance in the Finals, Durant became the only player to shoot over 50–40–90 for an NBA Finals career under the non-shortened 3-point line.[2]

The Warriors had home-court advantage in the series since they had a better regular season record of 58–24, compared to the Cavaliers 50–32. Entering the Finals matchup, the Warriors were also noted by various sports media outlets as one of the biggest NBA Finals favorites in recent history.[3][4][5] This was the first time since 2012 that the Finals did not feature either of the top seeds in each conference. The 2018 Finals began on May 31 and ended on June 8. The series was sponsored by the Internet television service YouTube TV and officially known as the 2018 NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV.[6]

Background[]

Cleveland Cavaliers[]

This was the Cleveland Cavaliers' fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, and fifth appearance overall. This is also the eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance for LeBron James.[7]

Prior to the 2017–18 season, point guard Kyrie Irving demanded to be traded away from the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers agreed to his request, trading Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for point guard Isaiah Thomas, small forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Žižić, the first round pick from the Brooklyn Nets in the 2018 NBA Draft and the Miami Heat's 2020 second round pick. Miami's second round pick was added as compensation after Isaiah Thomas failed his physical.[8] Other major changes included shooting guard Dwyane Wade signing with the Cavaliers, thus reuniting with James from their time together on the Big Three-era Miami Heat,[9] and the signing of point guard Derrick Rose to a one-year contract.[10]

On February 8, 2018 – just before the NBA trade deadline – the Cavaliers radically changed their roster in a little more than an hour,[11][12] acquiring George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr. in exchange for Thomas, Rose, Crowder, Wade, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, and their own 2018 first-round pick. Multiple writers argued at the time that the trades made the Cavaliers significantly better.[13][14][15]

The Cavaliers finished the 2017–18 regular season with a 50–32 record, securing the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers in seven games in the first round, swept the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and defeated the Boston Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals.[16]

Golden State Warriors[]

This was the Golden State Warriors' fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.[17] During the 2017–18 offseason, the Warriors resigned their core players, including Stephen Curry to a five-year contract worth $201 million, and Kevin Durant to a two-year, $53 million contract. Golden State also resigned Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia, and David West.[18] A major free agent acquired during the offseason was guard Nick Young.[19]

The Warriors finished the 2017–18 regular season with a 58–24 record, winning the Pacific Division and securing the 2nd seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, Golden State defeated the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the first round, eliminated the New Orleans Pelicans in five games in the Western Conference semifinals, and defeated the Houston Rockets in seven games in the Western Conference Finals.[20]

The Warriors entered the series as heavy favorites.[21]

Road to the Finals[]

Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference champion) Golden State Warriors (Western Conference champion)
Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cToronto Raptors * 59 23 .720 82
2 xBoston Celtics 55 27 .671 4.0 82
3 xPhiladelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 7.0 82
4 yCleveland Cavaliers * 50 32 .610 9.0 82
5 xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 11.0 82
6 yMiami Heat * 44 38 .537 15.0 82
7 xMilwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15.0 82
8 xWashington Wizards 43 39 .524 16.0 82
9 Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 20.0 82
10 Charlotte Hornets 36 46 .439 23.0 82
11 New York Knicks 29 53 .354 30.0 82
12 Brooklyn Nets 28 54 .341 31.0 82
13 Chicago Bulls 27 55 .329 32.0 82
14 Orlando Magic 25 57 .305 34.0 82
15 Atlanta Hawks 24 58 .293 35.0 82
4th seed in the East, 6th best league record
Regular season
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zHouston Rockets * 65 17 .793 82
2 yGolden State Warriors * 58 24 .707 7.0 82
3 yPortland Trail Blazers * 49 33 .598 16.0 82
4 xOklahoma City Thunder 48 34 .585 17.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 48 34 .585 17.0 82
6 xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 82
8 xMinnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 18.0 82
9 Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 19.0 82
10 Los Angeles Clippers 42 40 .512 23.0 82
11 Los Angeles Lakers 35 47 .427 30.0 82
12 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 38.0 82
13 Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 82
14 Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 21 61 .256 44.0 82
2nd seed in the West, 3rd best league record
Defeated the 5th seeded Indiana Pacers, 4–3 First round Defeated the 7th seeded San Antonio Spurs, 4–1
Defeated the 1st seeded Toronto Raptors, 4–0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the 6th seeded New Orleans Pelicans, 4–1
Defeated the 2nd seeded Boston Celtics, 4–3 Conference Finals Defeated the 1st seeded Houston Rockets, 4–3

Regular season series[]

The Warriors won the regular season series 2–0.

December 25, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers 92, Golden State Warriors 99
January 15, 2018
Golden State Warriors 118, Cleveland Cavaliers 108

Series summary[]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 Thursday, May 31 Golden State Warriors 124–114 (OT) (1–0) Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 2 Sunday, June 3 Golden State Warriors 122–103 (2–0) Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 3 Wednesday, June 6 Cleveland Cavaliers 102–110 (0–3) Golden State Warriors
Game 4 Friday, June 8 Cleveland Cavaliers 85–108 (0–4) Golden State Warriors

NBA Finals Series[]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)

Game 1[]

Klay Thompson of the Warriors suffered a leg injury in the first quarter, but returned to the game in the second quarter.[22] With the score tied at 107 in the last five seconds of regulation, J. R. Smith of the Cavaliers dribbled the ball towards half court rather than taking a final shot. Tyronn Lue, Cleveland's coach, later said that Smith thought the Cavaliers were ahead, though Smith denied not knowing the correct score, and claimed he assumed his team would take a time-out. Cleveland was not able to score in the final seconds and the game went to overtime.[23] In overtime, the Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 17–7 to win the game.[24] Tristan Thompson was ejected following a flagrant foul with 2.6 seconds remaining in overtime.[22]

Cleveland's LeBron James scored 51 points in Game 1, the sixth-highest point total for an NBA Finals game and the most in a loss.[25] After Game 1, James punched a whiteboard in the Cavaliers lockerroom due to frustration, suffering a bone contusion in his hand that he kept private for the remainder of the series.[26]

May 31 Cleveland Cavaliers 114–1240(OT) Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
9:00 pm Scoring by quarter: 30–29, 26–27, 22–28, 29–23 , Overtime: 7–17
ABC Pts: LeBron James 51
Rebs: Kevin Love 13
Asts: LeBron James 8
Boxscore Pts: Stephen Curry 29
Rebs: Draymond Green 11
Asts: Green, Curry 9 each
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Ken Mauer, Tony Brothers, Ed Malloy


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 3 George Hill 7 2 1
SG 5 J. R. Smith 10 6 2
SF 23 LeBron James 51 8 8
PF 0 Kevin Love 21 13 1
C 13 Tristan Thompson 2 5 0
Reserves:
G 8 Jordan Clarkson 4 3 0
F 32 Jeff Green 7 3 5
F 22 Larry Nance Jr. 9 11 0
G 26 Kyle Korver 3 2 1
G 1 Rodney Hood DNP
F/C 41 Ante Žižić DNP
F 16 Cedi Osman DNP
G 81 José Calderón DNP
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue
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Cavaliers Statistics Warriors
44/99 (44.4%) Field goals 46/90 (51.1%)
10/37 (27%) 3-pt field goals 13/36 (36.1%)
16/22 (72/7%) Free throws 19/20 (95%)
19 Offensive rebounds 4
34 Defensive rebounds 34
53 Total rebounds 38
18 Assists 31
11 Turnovers 7
5 Steals 10
3 Blocks 6
18 Fouls 18
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 29 6 9
SG 11 Klay Thompson 24 3 1
SF 35 Kevin Durant 26 9 6
PF 23 Draymond Green 13 11 9
C 5 Kevon Looney 8 4 0
Reserves:
C 2 Jordan Bell 4 2 2
G 6 Nick Young 2 1 0
G/F 34 Shaun Livingston 10 2 3
G 0 Patrick McCaw 2 0 0
F 3 David West 4 2 0
C 1 JaVale McGee 4 1 0
G 4 Quinn Cook 0 0 0
C 27 Zaza Pachulia DNP
C 15 Damian Jones DNP
G/F 9 Andre Iguodala  Injured DNP
Head coach:
Steve Kerr

Game 2[]

The Warriors employed more double teams against James in Game 2, limiting him to 29 points. Cleveland had a 41% field goal percentage, including 9-for-27 (33.3%) on three-point field goals.[27] Meanwhile, Golden State's Stephen Curry set an NBA Finals record in Game 2 with nine three-point field goals.[28] He scored 33 points, while the Warriors got 26 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists from Kevin Durant, and 20 points from Klay Thompson.[29] Smith struggled for Cleveland, shooting 2-for-9 (22.2%) with both baskets coming in the first quarter.[30] The Warriors won 122–103 over the Cavaliers.[29]

June 3 Cleveland Cavaliers 103–122 Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
8:00 pm Scoring by quarter: 28–32, 18–27, 34–31, 23–32
ABC Pts: LeBron James 29
Rebs: Kevin Love 10
Asts: LeBron James 13
Boxscore Pts: Stephen Curry 33
Rebs: Kevin Durant 9
Asts: Stephen Curry 8
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Mike Callahan, David Guthrie, Derrick Stafford


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 3 George Hill 15 2 3
SG 5 J.R. Smith 5 1 2
SF 23 LeBron James 29 9 13
PF 0 Kevin Love 22 10 1
C 13 Tristan Thompson 11 5 0
Reserves:
G 8 Jordan Clarkson 2 1 1
F 32 Jeff Green 6 2 1
F 22 Larry Nance Jr. 9 11 0
G 26 Kyle Korver 1 2 1
G 1 Rodney Hood 2 1 1
F/C 41 Ante Žižić 2 0 0
F 16 Cedi Osman 2 1 0
G 81 José Calderón 4 2 1
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue
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Cavaliers Statistics Warriors
37/90 (41.1%) Field goals 47/82 (57.3%)
9/27 (33.3%) 3-pt field goals 15/36 (41.7%)
20/26 (76.9%) Free throws 13/21 (61/9%)
16 Offensive rebounds 7
26 Defensive rebounds 34
42 Total rebounds 41
25 Assists 28
10 Turnovers 12
9 Steals 3
4 Blocks 8
15 Fouls 25
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 33 7 8
SG 11 Klay Thompson 20 2 1
SF 35 Kevin Durant 26 9 7
PF 23 Draymond Green 5 8 7
C 1 JaVale McGee 12 2 0
Reserves:
C 5 Kevon Looney 0 1 1
C 2 Jordan Bell 5 1 1
G 6 Nick Young 0 1 0
G/F 34 Shaun Livingston 10 5 1
G 0 Patrick McCaw 0 0 0
F 3 David West 3 3 2
G 4 Quinn Cook 2 0 0
C 27 Zaza Pachulia 6 2 0
C 15 Damian Jones DNP
G/F 9 Andre Iguodala  Injured DNP
Head coach:
Steve Kerr

Game 3[]

Andre Iguodala of the Warriors, who missed the previous six games, including the first two games of the NBA Finals, due to a left leg injury, returned in Game 3.[31] He injured his right leg early in the game, not returning until after halftime.[32] The Cavaliers started the game with a 14–4 advantage and led for the entire first half, at one point leading by 13. The Warriors trimmed Cleveland's lead to six by halftime.[33] The Cavaliers enjoyed strong contributions from Rodney Hood, who scored 15 points, Smith, who scored 13 points, and Kevin Love, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds.[34]

Durant scored a playoff career-high 43 points,[35] while also contributing 13 rebounds and seven assists, in a 110–102 win over the Cavaliers, helping the Warriors take a 3–0 lead.[36] Golden State withstood poor offensive performances from Curry and Klay Thompson, the Splash Brothers. Curry missed 13 out of his first 14 shot attempts in the game.[34] The Cavaliers were 3-for-17 (17.6%) on three point shots in the second half, and Durant scored a three-pointer late in the game that ended Cleveland's chances of a comeback. With the 110–102 victory, the Warriors took a 3–0 series lead.[37]

June 6 Golden State Warriors 110–102 Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
9:00 pm Scoring by quarter: 28–29, 24–29, 31–23, 27–21
ABC Pts: Kevin Durant 43
Rebs: Kevin Durant 13
Asts: Draymond Green 9
Boxscore Pts: LeBron James 33
Rebs: Kevin Love 13
Asts: LeBron James 11
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Marc Davis, John Goble, Zach Zarba


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 11 5 6
SG 11 Klay Thompson 10 4 2
SF 35 Kevin Durant 43 13 7
PF 23 Draymond Green 10 2 9
C 1 JaVale McGee 10 3 0
Reserves:
G/F 9 Andre Iguodala 8 2 1
C 5 Kevon Looney 0 0 0
C 2 Jordan Bell 10 6 0
G 6 Nick Young 0 0 0
G/F 34 Shaun Livingston 8 0 2
G 0 Patrick McCaw 0 0 0
F 3 David West 0 2 0
G 4 Quinn Cook DNP
C 27 Zaza Pachulia DNP
Head coach:
Steve Kerr
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Warriors Statistics Cavaliers
42/81 (51.9%) Field goals 37/90 (41.1%)
9/26 (34.6%) 3-pt field goals 9/27 (33.3%)
17/19 (89.5%) Free throws 20/26 (76.9%)
6 Offensive rebounds 16
31 Defensive rebounds 26
37 Total rebounds 42
27 Assists 25
10 Turnovers 10
6 Steals 9
5 Blocks 4
20 Fouls 15
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 3 George Hill 5 2 4
SG 5 J.R. Smith 13 4 0
SF 23 LeBron James 33 10 11
PF 0 Kevin Love 20 13 3
C 13 Tristan Thompson 8 7 0
Reserves:
G 8 Jordan Clarkson DNP
F 32 Jeff Green 3 0 1
F 22 Larry Nance Jr. 5 3 1
G 26 Kyle Korver 0 2 0
G 1 Rodney Hood 15 6 0
F/C 41 Ante Žižić DNP
F 16 Cedi Osman DNP
G 81 José Calderón DNP
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue

Game 4[]

The Warriors led the game nearly from start to finish. Golden State led 13–3 at the start of the game. Though the Cavaliers took the lead, 39–38, in the second quarter,[38] the Warriors led 61–52 at halftime.[39] The Warriors expanded their lead in the third quarter and entered the last period of play with a 86–65 advantage.[40]

With Golden State leading 102–77 with 4:03 remaining, James came out of the game.[38] Curry scored 37 points and made seven three-pointers, while Durant recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The Warriors won 108–85 to sweep the series. Durant was named Finals MVP for the second straight year.[41]

The Warriors' victory parade took place on June 12 in Downtown Oakland.[42][43]

June 8 Golden State Warriors 108–85
(Series: Golden State wins series, 4–0)
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
9:00 pm Scoring by quarter: 34–25, 27–27, 25–13, 22–20
ABC Pts: Stephen Curry 37
Rebs: Kevin Durant 12
Asts: Kevin Durant 10
Boxscore Pts: LeBron James 23
Rebs: Kevin Love 9
Asts: LeBron James 8
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Scott Foster, James Capers, Jason Phillips


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 37 6 4
SG 11 Klay Thompson 10 6 0
SF 35 Kevin Durant 20 12 10
PF 23 Draymond Green 9 3 9
C 1 JaVale McGee 6 3 0
Reserves:
C 5 Kevon Looney 2 1 0
C 2 Jordan Bell 4 4 1
G 6 Nick Young 3 1 0
G/F 34 Shaun Livingston 2 4 0
G 0 Patrick McCaw 0 1 0
F 3 David West 2 0 1
G 4 Quinn Cook DNP
C 27 Zaza Pachulia 2 1 0
C 15 Damian Jones DNP
G/F 9 Andre Iguodala 11 2 0
Head coach:
Steve Kerr
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Warriors Statistics Cavaliers
47/82 (57.3%) Field goals 37/90 (41.1%)
15/36 (41.7%) 3-pt field goals 9/27 (33.3%)
13/21 (61.9%) Free throws 20/26 (76.9%)
7 Offensive rebounds 16
34 Defensive rebounds 26
41 Total rebounds 42
28 Assists 25
12 Turnovers 10
3 Steals 9
8 Blocks 4
25 Fouls 15
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 3 George Hill 3 3 1
SG 5 J.R. Smith 10 2 1
SF 23 LeBron James 23 7 8
PF 0 Kevin Love 13 9 2
C 13 Tristan Thompson 6 4 0
Reserves:
G 8 Jordan Clarkson DNP
F 32 Jeff Green 5 0 1
F 22 Larry Nance Jr. 7 8 4
G 26 Kyle Korver 2 1 1
G 1 Rodney Hood 10 8 2
F/C 41 Ante Žižić 4 1 0
F 16 Cedi Osman 2 0 0
G 81 José Calderón 0 1 1
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue

Rosters[]

Cleveland Cavaliers[]

2017–18 Cleveland Cavaliers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 81 Calderón, José 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1981–09–28 Spain
G 8 Clarkson, Jordan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1992–06–07 Missouri
F 32 Green, Jeff 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1986–08–28 Georgetown
G 3 Hill, George 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1986–05–04 IUPUI
G/F 10 Holland, John (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1988–11–06 Boston University
G/F 1 Hood, Rodney 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 1992–10–20 Duke
G/F 23 James, LeBron (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1984–12–30 St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (OH)
G/F 26 Korver, Kyle 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1981–03–17 Creighton
F/C 0 Love, Kevin (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 251 lb (114 kg) 1988–09–07 UCLA
F 22 Nance Jr., Larry 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1993–01–01 Wyoming
G/F 16 Osman, Cedi 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1995–04–08 Turkey
C 21 Perkins, Kendrick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1984–11–10 Clifton J. Ozen HS (TX)
G 15 Perrantes, London (TW) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994–10–03 Virginia
G/F 5 Smith, J. R. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985–09–09 Saint Benedict's Prep (NJ)
F/C 13 Thompson, Tristan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1991–03–13 Texas
F 9 White, Okaro 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1992–08–13 Florida State
F/C 41 Žižić, Ante 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1997–01–04 Croatia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: April 11, 2018

Golden State Warriors[]

2017–18 Golden State Warriors roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F/C 2 Bell, Jordan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1995–01–07 Oregon
F 25 Boucher, Chris (TW) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993–01–11 Oregon
G 4 Cook, Quinn 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1993–03–23 Duke
G 30 Curry, Stephen (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1988–03–14 Davidson
F 35 Durant, Kevin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1988–09–29 Texas
F 23 Green, Draymond 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1990–03–04 Michigan State
G/F 9 Iguodala, Andre 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1984–01–28 Arizona
C 15 Jones, Damian 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1995–06–30 Vanderbilt
G 34 Livingston, Shaun 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1985–09–11 Peoria Central HS (IL)
F/C 5 Looney, Kevon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1996–02–06 UCLA
G 0 McCaw, Patrick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995–10–25 UNLV
C 1 McGee, JaVale 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1988–01–19 Nevada
C 27 Pachulia, Zaza 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1984–02–10 Georgia
G 11 Thompson, Klay 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1990–02–08 Washington State
F 3 West, David 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1980–08–29 Xavier
G/F 6 Young, Nick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1985–06–01 Southern California
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Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: April 10, 2018

Player statistics[]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Golden State Warriors
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kevin Durant 4 4 41.3 .526 .409 .963 10.8 7.5 0.8 2.3 28.8
Stephen Curry 4 4 40.6 .402 .415 1.000 6.0 6.8 1.5 0.8 27.5
Klay Thompson 4 4 37.0 .480 .429 .800 3.8 1.0 0.5 0.3 16.0
Draymond Green 4 4 41.4 .517 .214 .800 6.0 8.5 2.0 1.5 9.3
JaVale McGee 4 3 13.8 .800 .000 .000 2.3 0.0 0.0 1.3 8.0
Shaun Livingston 4 0 16.2 .867 .000 1.000 2.8 1.5 0.3 0.0 7.5
Jordan Bell 4 0 13.5 .714 .000 .500 3.3 1.0 0.3 0.5 5.8
Andre Iguodala 2 0 22.3 .583 .500 1.000 2.0 0.5 1.5 1.0 9.5
Kevon Looney 4 1 9.7 .714 .000 .000 1.5 0.3 0.3 0.0 2.5
Zaza Pachulia 2 0 3.1 .333 .000 1.000 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 4.0
David West 4 0 7.0 .600 1.000 .000 1.3 1.0 0.0 0.8 1.8
Quinn Cook 2 0 1.8 .333 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Nick Young 4 0 9.5 .154 .100 .000 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3
Patrick McCaw 4 0 2.7 .000 .000 1.000 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.5
Cleveland Cavaliers
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
LeBron James 4 4 44.7 .527 .333 .842 8.5 10.0 1.3 1.0 34.0
Kevin Love 4 4 33.2 .406 .321 .938 11.3 1.8 1.0 0.3 19.0
J. R. Smith 4 4 32.5 .317 .360 .600 3.3 1.3 1.3 0.0 9.5
George Hill 4 4 29.2 .323 .438 .500 2.3 2.3 0.8 0.3 7.5
Tristan Thompson 4 4 23.4 .520 .000 .333 5.3 0.0 0.0 0.8 6.8
Rodney Hood 4 0 14.1 .444 .200 .667 3.8 0.8 0.5 0.5 6.8
Larry Nance Jr. 4 0 17.1 .500 .000 .417 7.0 1.5 0.5 0.5 5.8
Jeff Green 4 0 24.4 .286 .214 1.000 1.3 2.0 0.3 0.3 5.3
Jordan Clarkson 2 0 12.6 .231 .000 .000 2.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 3.0
Kyle Korver 4 0 16.2 .063 .091 .600 1.8 0.8 0.0 0.3 1.5
Ante Žižić 3 0 1.7 1.000 .000 .000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
José Calderón 3 0 2.5 .500 .000 .000 1.0 0.7 0.3 0.0 1.3
Cedi Osman 3 0 2.8 .400 .000 .000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3

Sponsorship[]

For the first time, the NBA sold a presenting sponsorship to the Finals; the internet television service YouTube TV became the first-ever presenting sponsor of the Finals.[6] YouTube TV had previously been the presenting sponsor for the 2017 World Series, the first time that Major League Baseball's championship series had a title sponsor as well. As part of a multi-year partnership deal, YouTube TV also broadcast the NBA Finals.[44]

Broadcast[]

In the United States, the NBA Finals aired on ABC with Mike Breen as play-by-play commentator, and Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy serving as color commentators. ESPN Radio aired it as well and had Marc Kestecher and Hubie Brown as commentators. ESPN Deportes provided exclusive Spanish-language coverage of The Finals, with a commentary team of Álvaro Martín and Carlos Morales.[45]

Television ratings[]

Game Ratings
(households)
American audience
(in millions)
Ref
1 10.0 17.4 [46]
2 10.3 18.5 [47]
3 10.4 17.9 [48]
4 11.2 16.5 [49][50]
Avg 12.2 17.6 [51]

See also[]

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