"I contested a shot that shouldn't have been taken", Thompson said after the Warriors took Game 1 in overtime, winning 124-114 on Thursday. Thompson contested the shot, but his elbow appeared to connect with the right side of Livingston's chest, though replays called into question whether Thompson made contact.
Late in OT during Game 1 against the heavily favored Golden State Warriors, the Cavs' Tristan Thompson completely lost his cool after refs ejected him from the game. I make the contest, and next thing I know, I was being kicked out for a good contest that we learn in training camp.
Livingston could have held onto the rock and taken the turnover with the shot clock winding down. "Kevin [Durant] threw me the ball and he threw it to me like we were still playing".
LeBron James left in disbelief after stellar Game 1 performance
The top scorers for Golden State were Steph Curry with 26 points, Kevin Durant with 26 and Klay Thompson with 24. Coach Steve Kerr admitted they "got lucky" on Smith's goof-up and "got a break" from the refs.
Because of the ejection and subsequent scuffle there was a very real concern that Thompson, who has played an integral role in the Cavs' success this postseason, would be suspended for Game 2.
Earlier, Thompson sent a scare through the Warriors' locker room when he suffered a knee injury on an awkward play in which Smith slipped on the court and slid into his rival's knee.
Information from ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Chris Haynes was used in this report. I mean, he's great on the o-boards (offensive rebounds).
Game 2 might be absent a few faces, but that's something Green isn't too concerned about.