Smith missed wide-open teammate LeBron James during his late-game blunder

02 June, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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However these may not need to be played, if either Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers win four games. But the officials then called for a replay, as National Basketball Association rules allow for that type of play in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime.

And LeBron had plenty to be upset about by the end of the game, having had one of his best games ever and almost pulling off a shocking upset of the heavily favored Warriors, only for the Cavaliers to end up losing the game in heart-breaking fashion. Hill hit the first shot to tie the game, but missed the second.

"If James and the Cavaliers win Game 1, you know, the interest is going to skyrocket because they are going to have done what very few - except for them maybe - think they can do, which is win at Golden State", Van Gundy said.

His freaky play drew reactions of pure disbelief from his teammates. Instead, Smith dribbled the clock out and sent the game to overtime.

Unsurprisingly, they came out with more energy and easily outscored the Cavaliers 17-7.

"I knew that. I knew he was late on the drive, and I knew I had my man beat and he came over a little late", he said. But I will just add, as I said earlier, I looked this up.

The King posted an astonishing 51 points and was the best player on the floor all night. He has 1,247 points and needs 71 to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317) and move behind only Jerry West (1,679).

But it in the end it didn't count for anything as his teammate's lapse proved to be the turning point in the contest.

"And Steph turns to him - and I think this is sort of an indication of the mindset of the two teams - Steph turns to him. That's my view. So I don't know what J.R. was thinking", James said after the game.

But if this series quickly becomes as lopsided as some fear - ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said he couldn't remember a bigger gap between finals teams and said any game the Cavs win is a huge upset - many of those people who have tuned in the last few years might be looking for something else to watch by the time the series switches to Cleveland.

They saw a ideal opportunity to steal home-court advantage slip away and they'll now have to fight to stay in the series by winning the next game to avoid going down 2-0.

To Windhorst, the moment perfectly captures the contrast between the "happy-go-lucky" Warriors and LeBron as he fights uphill against the Golden State juggernaut.


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