George Hill missed a free throw that would have put the Cavaliers up one point in the closing seconds, while J.R. Smith dribbled the ball out appearing to forget how much time was left on the clock. With a healthy Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving in last year's Finals, the team was dominated by the Warriors and lost in 5 games.
But despite all that, it's J.R. Smith who finds himself trending tonight... and for all the wrong reasons.
LeBron James was unbelievable during Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but it wasn't enough. Controversy in the final minute of regulation with a reversed blocking call on LeBron (one that seemed to get in the Cavaliers' heads). Want to go to The NBA Finals and help a great cause?
On a replay, an exchange between James and Smith revealed the moment Smith realized the score.
Some fans tried to point out that Smith's teammate Hill could've saved the game by making the free throw in the first place. Then Tristan Thompson was ejected, albeit questionably, for fouling Shaun Livingston.
Star man Kevin Durant's impending free agency is the most pressing issue at hand for Warriors GM Bob Myers but the former league MVP has eased fears over a possible departure by categorically committing his future to the franchise. With 34 seconds left in overtime and the Warriors holding on to a 11-point lead, Curry had his layup attempt blocked by James.
While Lue was expressing his frustration to the media, McCutchen was inside the officials' locker room with the officiating crew, watching the play frame-by-frame and discussing the adjudication of one of the most consequential NBA Finals calls in recent memory. "And when I knew that, I was like, OK, that's going to be our ball". All he had to do was call time out or just get a shot up.
The overturn angered the Cavaliers, who were upset the call even went to review because they felt James was clearly outside the restricted area.
That's when LeBron started to have doubts about the Cavs' chances in 2017-18, as Cleveland soon after traded the All-Star point guard to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas.
After the insanity of the game's 48th minute, the Cavaliers were never the same in the extra-session.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 29 points, adding six rebounds and nine assists.
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