Frustrated LeBron rallies Cavs in NBA Finals

02 June, 2018, 18:42 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Chris Boucher

His coach called it robbery.

The Cavaliers have until Sunday to try to shake both the call and the loss off.

SAN FRANCISCO - Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue vows that his team is prepared to continue to compete in the NBA Finals without any carryover effect from its staggering 124-114 Game 1 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Friday, Lue said, "We have a blueprint" to beat the Warriors. I always live in the present. "I don't know what was going through J.R.'s head". Rather than being awarded the ball with a chance to extend to a two-possession lead, however, the call was overturned and deemed a block on James after a replay review. Here's a look at the play where James was slapped in the eye by Green.

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Smith explained after the game that he knew the game was tied, but I don't think anyone believes him. "And then tonight in the finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our (butt) off, man, it ain't right".

Smith grabbed the offensive rebound, but instead of putting it back up or passing to an open James up top, he dribbled toward half court and threw a pass, running out the clock. "I thought we were all aware of what was going on, that's my view, so I don't know what JR was thinking".

James said he didn't know what Smith was thinking and walked out of the postgame news conference after growing exhausted of repeated questioning about whether Smith knew the score.

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"We got to move on". We had opportunities. I would never give up on J.R. That's not my M.O.

Everyone is still trying to figure out what went on in the final minute of regulation in Game 1. "He thought we were up one", Lue said.

"The reason for the trigger is that we had doubt as to whether or not James was in the restricted area".

That will be the huge question as the Cavs "move forward".

And the Warriors, seeking their third crown in four seasons, know James will be even more determined in game two.

"There were some plays that we had taken away from us", James said. "I was already on the court trying to get the refs' attention before the scuffle". If there was no shot clock on, we are going to dribble the shot clock out.

Durant struggled with his shot but wound up with 26 points on 8-for-22 shooting and nine rebounds.

Thompson has had several big games so far this playoffs, and while he finished Thursday night's game with just two points and five rebounds, he definitely offered a level of physicality and attitude that helped the Cavs very almost win Game 1 and steal home-court advantage in the series.

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