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Cup of Cavs: Cleveland Cavaliers news and links for Thursday, June 1

The NBA Finals are here.

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Finals are here. Let’s get into it.

The first sip

I’m going with the Denver Nuggets in five games against the Miami Heat. Here’s why.

  • Nikola Jokic is the best player alive. Their offense has been humming all playoffs and I don’t think it’s going to get slowed down against the Heat.
  • The Nuggets have a massive rest advantage. They don’t have any injuries in the way Miami does.
  • The Heat have bodies to throw at Jamal Murray, but no one that can really slow him down and stop all of the different ways he attacks. Murray can be hot or cold, but he’s playing with real confidence in these playoffs.

Miami will do some things right and win a game at home. They will be well-coached and gritty. Jimmy Butler is capable of heroics. But it’s not against enough against a team as confident and well-oiled as Denver. This is Jokic’s crowning moment.

Read this

At ESPN, 6 things you need to know about the 2023 NBA Finals ($)

Links of the day

At The Ringer, Mirin Fader profiles Michael Porter Jr.

Doesn’t seem like D’Angelo Russell is going to stay with the Lakers if the Lakers get their way. Would really like the Fred VanVleet move for them.

Looks like Bob Myers could go from the Warriors to ESPN

The Pistons really, really seem to want Monty Williams

F it, Kevin Love NBA Finals highlights.