After the game, Draymond Green called Smith out for his mistake.
Keith Russell: J.R. Smith.
King James stands in the way of a Warriors repeat, just as he did in spoiling that quest for Golden State and leading the Cavs to a championship two years ago with a Game 7 win on the Warriors' home court, where they have now won 17 of the last 18 postseason games.
Said Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Wednesday: "He's frustrated".
Cavaliers head coach agreed with Green's summation of the final seconds of regulation. If he can do that, if he can give the Cleveland Cavaliers 15 to 20 points a night, I think they really have a shot.
Curry exploded in the second half of Golden State's Game 7 win at Houston Monday.
If the Cavs believe they can beat the odds, holding Golden State off in the third quarter is their starting point.
"You know the rule is", Lue began. "This game is over and done with". They have two NBA MVPs.
Start in the beginning, when Smith slipped and stumbled into Thompson's knee. Thompson limped away to the Warriors' locker room for evaluation. "Because I got the rebound, I'm pretty sure I couldn't shoot it over KD", Smith said of Kevin Durant.
Many firsts were witnessed in the 2018 Conference Finals. "Once he gives it up, try not to let him get it back.
There's going to be chatter", Curry said. "The biggest thing is that I feel good and talking to my doctor one of my happy places is the playoffs".
From Cleveland's perspective, bad things. Before blowing a 3-1 series lead two seasons ago, the Warriors pummeled the Cavs by a combined 48 points in Game 1 and Game 2. Referee Ken Mauer called an offensive foul, but it was overturned after replay review.
In an exclusive interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN, James said for the first time that he opposed the idea of trading Kyrie Irving.
James was well outside the area, and the Cavs didn't buy the explanation.
Kevin Durant has played a key role in Golden State's success this spring, averaging 29.0 points per game, including a 34-point performance in the team's 101-92 win over the Rockets as 6-point road favorites in Game 7.
The ensuing free throws by Durant tied the game at 104-all. He'll need at least some help from Love, George Hill, Tristan Thompson and Kyle Korver. Made the first. Missed the second. They get 3s and easy baskets. Overtime. Big break No. 4. "I thought we were going to take a timeout because I got the rebound".
Yet Smith insisted he knew the score.
James never counted out Golden State. The home team left happy. "So there's some natural competitiveness that brews between the fan bases and teams that makes for fun, energetic nights in this arena".
Last season's playoff results: Warriors defeated Cavaliers in five games to win the 2017 NBA Finals. "Whoever they suit up.is just a really, really high-IQ basketball player", James said. "We want everybody playing, everybody healthy and out there competing".
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