NBA Finals Cavs - Warriors 4 should be appreciated

ImageCreditDaniel Zakroczemski

ImageCreditDaniel Zakroczemski

Handed an unexpected lifeline, the Warriors went on to win Game 1 124-114 in overtime, despite LeBron James' 51 points-a career-high in the Finals for the three-time National Basketball Association champion. If Smith had a clue what the score was, and the Cavs get a shot - LeBron was open - and win the game, Durant is getting taken behind the woodshed by the media.

Official Ken Mauer, the game's crew chief, initially whistled Durant for a charge, with possession returning to Cleveland with 36.4 seconds remaining and a two-point lead.

J.R. Smith's epic gaffe at the end of regulation, where he grabbed an offensive rebound with the game tied, then appeared to try to dribble out the clock instead of going for the win, played a major role in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 122-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Monday night.

Cleveland would go on to win that game before clinching the National Basketball Association title after overcoming a 3-1 deficit. Kevin Durant won the award past year and Iguodala won it in 2015, but before anyone gets too far down that road, it would be wise to remember that LeBron James won it in 2016 as his team upset the heavily-favored Warriors, who had gotten off to a 3-1 start in the series. Kyle Korver has had moments and Jeff Green was a key player in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, but Love is the only player on the roster who could seemingly explode to the point where it would create serious problems for Golden State. They went on to win last year's title in five games.

"He thought it was over", Lue said.

"We got to move on". George Hill had a free throw with four seconds to play which could have put his team up by one. "I will never give up on JR, it's not in my MO, I never give up on my players". And I think one that we'll look back, if we get the job done over these next two weeks, where, again, as an appreciation of all that goes into winning a championship", Curry said Wednesday, "and doing it by committee and making sure every guy, whether you're playing well or not, or things are going your way or not, that we all bring something to the fold that have gotten us to four straight Finals. "So it doesn't make sense to go review something if - the review is if he's on the line or if he's close to the charge circle, that's the review". It's a huge play. I played with Shaun so he knows, he knows. Game 1 is Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

"I do not. I do not [take consolation]", James added. And then the universe took it away from him. One of the most tense came when ESPN's Mark Schwarz, a reporter who's been with the network since 1990 and who's often been featured on Outside The Lines and SportsCenter, kept pressing James about if Smith knew the score was tied (as Smith claimed later) or not.

"I just thought we were going to call a timeout".

Durant said "I knew he was late on the drive, and I knew I had my man beat and he came over a little late".

Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he had seen such a reversal "not often, but I've seen it a couple times".

Recommended News

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey leaks: is this the sequel to Origins?

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey leaks: is this the sequel to Origins?

    The two characters are not interchangeable, so you will get to choose to play the entire game with either one. The info dump also says that naval battles will be a big focus once again, similar to Assassin's Creed 4.
    Canada Retaliates With Tariffs on $12.8 Billion of U.S. Goods

    Canada Retaliates With Tariffs on $12.8 Billion of U.S. Goods

    But the White House also said the administration is still committed to "good-faith negotiations with our allies". However, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier appeared with Le Maire in Paris on Wednesday, pledging a unified line.
    Banking services may be hit by 2-day union strike from today

    Banking services may be hit by 2-day union strike from today

    Though the bankers, through the IBA, said they are willing to reconsider the proposed wage hike, there was no concrete proposal. "At an operating level the banks are still making profits, just that they had to take a hit because of NPAs".
  • Four Dallas-area students advance to national spelling bee finals

    Four Dallas-area students advance to national spelling bee finals

    Alice Liu of Chesterfield, Miss., went with "ebbot" - and was eliminated earlier than she was past year in her bee debut. It would take five rounds of onstage spelling to get to 16, the largest group ever to head into the championship finals.
    Grand Slam fashion - six of the best...or worst

    Grand Slam fashion - six of the best...or worst

    But as Williams beat Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets, fans were even more excited about what she was wearing. Body-shamers need to take the hike because they are not bringing her down. "She does everything great".
    Trump blasts 'Double Standard' at ABC: 'Where is my call of apology?'

    Trump blasts 'Double Standard' at ABC: 'Where is my call of apology?'

    Trump on Wednesday night tweeted that Iger never apologized to him for "the awful statements made and said about me on ABC ". On Tuesday, Barr had apologized "for making a bad joke" about Jarrett, who is black and was born in Iran to American parents.
  • Achtung baby: Trump wants German cars out of America

    Achtung baby: Trump wants German cars out of America

    Volkswagen was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC Thursday, while Daimler refused to issue a statement. Although he is for free trade, but not at any price: "I love free trade, but it must be a smart trade, so I call him fair".
    Brigitte Nielsen, 54, expecting her fifth baby with fifth husband Mattia Dessi

    Brigitte Nielsen, 54, expecting her fifth baby with fifth husband Mattia Dessi

    Nielsen shared the surprising news with her 99.8k Instagram followers, in a series of posts that built up to the big reveal. Not only is this Brigitte's fifth pregnancy, but she's also been married five times, so maybe 5 is her lucky number!
    USA  to Impose Steel Tariffs on EU

    USA to Impose Steel Tariffs on EU

    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire pledged that the European response would be "united and firm". That hurts the companies and can lead to more expensive consumer prices, economists say.
  • Xaiomi announces Mi Band 3 with NFC, OLED display

    Xaiomi announces Mi Band 3 with NFC, OLED display

    Around back, you'll find a familiar-looking vertically-arranged dual camera array consisting of two 12-megapixel shooters. Apple launched the iPhone SE and just like the iPhone SE, the Mi 8 SE is a smaller version of the flagship Mi 8 .
    Atari VCS Retro Gaming Console Preorders Open Via Indiegogo

    Atari VCS Retro Gaming Console Preorders Open Via Indiegogo

    Some have considered the Atari VCS to be little more than vaporware and it's easy to see how they would get that impression. The VCS on its own (meaning without a controller) is available for $199 until June 4, which is $100 off the list price.
    Syrian President warns 'Americans should leave' his country NOW

    Syrian President warns 'Americans should leave' his country NOW

    Russian Federation said on Monday only Syrian army troops should be on the country's southern frontier. Large areas however remain outside his control at the borders with Iraq, Turkey and Jordan.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.