LeBron James Cuts Off Tense NBA Finals Interview On J.R. Smith

LeBron James Cuts Off Tense NBA Finals Interview On J.R. Smith

LeBron James Cuts Off Tense NBA Finals Interview On J.R. Smith

In the waning seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson got into a little scuffle that could have had huge ramifications.

The Cavaliers basically snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

"We've got to come out next game and have more resistance against him to start the game", Curry said.

"If I thought we were ahead, I would have just held on to the ball so they could foul me".

James was in utter disbelief as regulation ended stunningly: George Hill made the first of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left after being fouled by Klay Thompson, but when Smith secured the rebound of the second, he dribbled back toward halfcourt instead of shooting, apparently thinking the Cavs had a lead. But Smith blundered, running out the clock rather than trying to get the Cavaliers a final shot for the win. "JR (Smith) can shake it off".

James said he didn't seek an explanation from Smith after the game, but he made his feelings clear when pressed for his take on the situation.

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"Honestly, I don't care if he plays or not", Golden State's Thompson said Friday before the fine was announced. "Rewatching the free throw, re-watching the play, just going over my head what I think went wrong and things like that. Luckily, I was able to finish the game". "It didn't from my standpoint necessarily get out of hand in that game, but I've been around this game long enough to know that even guys with best intentions, when provoked, they can easily cross a line that you don't want them to cross".

In Smith's version of events, he said he knew the score was tied but he thought James was looking to call a timeout. I'm sure if you asked the fans of the Warriors and the Cavs around the world, whether it's in the Bay Area or in Cleveland, I'm sure they're happy with their team performance.

When Smith was with the Knicks, he admitted to committing a similar gaffe in a 2014 game against the Rockets. So it doesn't make sense to go review something if - the review is if he's on the line or if he's close to the charge circle, that's the review.

There were several calls down the stretch that angered James, with the biggest coming after James drove past Stephen Curry for a three-point play that put Cleveland up 104-102 with 50 seconds left.

While matching up on the court, James and Durant could flip-flop on the career postseason scoring list. We understand that. It was a tough game for us.

"I read that play as well as I've read any play in my career, maybe in my life", James said. "I mean, he's great on the [offensive] boards".

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