JR Smith, Ty Lue differ on explanation for blunder

Virginia Santiago
June 1, 2018

The summit was in sight.

They were asked if the Cavaliers have any chance, if the National Basketball Association should reconsider the playoff format to seed the teams without conferences having a bearing (Van Gundy for, Jackson against) and what it would be like if this were a Rockets-Celtics matchup, referencing the two teams who lost in Game 7 of their respective conference finals. The entire night had been his.

Not to be outdone, Draymond Green made sure the Warriors had a contestant in the ridiculous outfit department by showing up with some multi-colored (full-sized) trousers, while Nick Young wore, well ... It was the right play - as Durant doesn't often pass in that situation. Stephen Curry dances and shimmies after made 3s.

But James scored seven consecutive points, capping the run with a 3-pointer, to pull the Cavs level at 68-68 with 5:27 remaining in the third, James hitting 11 of his first 13 shots.

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And it was then-with Curry on his hip and time waning-that James made an exceptional play of exceptional belief.

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From that point on, King James has been putting on a show when the lights have been the brightest.

Cleveland's George Hill later went to the line with his team down 1 with four seconds left. Iguodala is out for Game 1, and possibly beyond, with a bone bruise in his left leg.

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At the moment, the Cavs don't feel as fortunate.

Others suggested Hill should be taking some of the blame for missing his second free throw. After a miss on his second shot, JR Smith gathered the rebound and took the ball out, seemingly unaware that the score was still tied. The goof sent the game into overtime, and Golden State won, 124-114, wasting a 51-point performance by Cleveland's LeBron James. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Smith mistakenly thought the team was leading, and didn't need the basket.

It will be hard to establish whether Smith did in fact get the score wrong but if the reaction on the internet was anything to go by, he's unlikely to ever live the incident down. LeBron reacted emotionally in the moment but later dismissed the premise. "Because I got the rebound, I'm pretty sure I couldn't shoot it over KD", Smith said after the game, per ESPN. "This game is over and done with. I don't give up on any of my [teammates]". "Are you fucking kidding me?" he said.

That trust can be painful.

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They managed to overcome another historic night by James as he posted 51 points on 19-of-32 shooting, along with eight assists and eight rebounds.

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