Cavaliers’ Game 1 collapse may now cost them two players

For the Cavaliers, things may be about to go from bad to worse.

After an overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals — a fate Cleveland could have reversed if not for a missed go-ahead free throw and J.R. Smith forgetting the score with less than five seconds to go in regulation — two of Cleveland’s starters may be facing suspension for Game 2.

Tristan Thompson, who was ejected after getting into it with Shaun Livingston, taking offense at the Warriors guard hoisting up a shot with 2.6 seconds to go in OT and his team up by eight, may be suspended for later shoving the ball into Draymond Green’s face. Kevin Love also stepped onto the court when referee Tony Brothers was reviewing Thompson’s ejection — a clear violation of the rules which could lead to his Game 2 suspension.

“I was already on the court trying to get the refs’ attention before the scuffle,” Love said, according to ESPN.

The Cavs came into the series as historic underdogs and looked on the verge of pulling off a road upset in Game 1. Instead, Cleveland may be going into Sunday down by one game and two men.

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