‘It’s just basketball,’: Cavaliers prepare for Game 1 of NBA Finals in Oakland
OAKLAND, California – Several Cavaliers players, including Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, spoke to the media in Oakland on Wednesday, just one day away from the start of the NBA Finals.
Kyrie said keeping up with his knee issue is an adjustment, but he wills himself to play. He added that the Cavs will be ready for Game 1, despite injuries.
“It’s just about 2 teams who have worked extremely hard all year to compete for a championship. Just trying to be prepared for Game 1,” Kyrie said.
***Fox 8’s PJ Ziegler will be reporting live – with all the inside info – from Oakland when the Cavs are on the road.***
LeBron said that he knows Cleveland has a lot of expectations for this team and it’s time for a championship.
“I understand drought our city has been in as far as a championship. Huge motivation inside of me to get it done,” LeBron said.
He reiterated that although these games are the biggest of the season, it’s still just basketball.
“It’s a court, it’s basketball, 10 guys, 3 refs, 20,000 fans. Game doesn’t change. Fans here are awesome. I’ve been to so many loud arenas. It’s just basketball. Don’t put too much into experience. We’ve been playing championship basketball over the past two and a half months. Not changing,” LeBron added.
The Cavaliers are set to face the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at 9 p.m.
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The entire NBA Finals schedule is below:
Game 1: At Warriors on ABC, 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 4
Game 2: At Warriors on ABC, 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 7
Game 3: Warriors at Cavaliers on ABC, 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9
Game 4: Warriors at Cavaliers on ABC, 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 11
Game 5: At Warriors on ABC, 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 (if necessary)
Game 6: Warriors at Cavaliers on ABC, 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 (if necessary)
Game 7: At Warriors on ABC, 9 p.m. on Friday, June 19 (if necessary)