Game two of the best of seven NBA Finals is Sunday at Oakland's Oracle Arena. There is no way to know how regulation would have ended if Smith was thinking clearly.
JR Smith grabbed the rebound of the second foul shot and dribbled the ball out to midcourt instead of going for a potential game-winning shot. The look of disappointment LeBron gave him said it all and the visitors barely fired a shot in the overtime as the Warriors won 124-114.
Schwartz, presumably, isn't the only person who got such advice from James.
Not surprisingly, Gilbert started his praise with LeBron James, the Cavs superstar who followed up an MVP-caliber regular season by averaging 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 rebounds through the first three rounds of the playoffs to help the Cavs reach their fourth straight Finals. "George shot the free throw, I got the rebound", Smith said.
"It's never been done, ever, in the history of the game", Lue said of the reversal.
Needless to say Lebron James was NOT happy.
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"There's still confusion about whether J.R. thought the game was tied or if he thought you guys were ahead", a reporter asked James in the post match press conference.
One thing that did not go the Cavs' way was a blocking call on James, which officials initially ruled as a charge against Warriors forward Kevin Durant with the change of decision allowing Golden State to tie the game in the final minute. One would think a performance like that would be good enough to see his team through but the Cavs fell short as the rest of the team struggled to support James.
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.
"How would I know that?"
This was one of the most controversial couple minutes in National Basketball Association history as a Kevin Durant charge was changed to a blocking foul that should have never been reviewed. "It's going to be a tough series".
Green just missed a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Golden State, which is attempting to repeat as champions. Coach Steve Kerr admitted they "got lucky" on Smith's goof-up and "got a break" from the refs.