JR Smith's mind-boggling blunder in the final seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Finals likely cost the Cavaliers the game, and one photo shows that his decision might have been even worse than it initially appeared.
James drove to the hoop in the second quarter only to have Green deliver a left hand to the face that sent James to the floor clutching his face. Green argued the foul call, but clearly slapped James in the face.
But Cleveland got good production from its frontcourt - lifted by another epic performance from LeBron James, who notched 13 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter, going 6-of-7 from the field in the final period, almost guiding his squad to the upset and adding another chapter to what's already been a postseason masterpiece.
"When you look at his game and his size to go along with his game, while we can see he's the greatest shooter in the world, he's not in the conversation for the greatest player in the world".
Everyone is still trying to figure out what went on in the final minute of regulation in Game 1. James' teammate Larry Nance Jr. collided into his lower body.
I just moved from the Bay Area to OH and I can say that fans from both areas seem to have mild enthusiasm for this series, with the expectation that this might get to a fifth game. I was just hoping for the best, obviously, because I've seen so many different injuries, and watching basketball with that type of injury, someone fall into one's leg standing straight up. "So I stopped. And then the game was over".
Some have suggested the red spot is the result of a blood vessel that burst.
- LeBron played with one eye? The Warriors' JaVale McGee got shoved by Washington's Brandon Jennings while taking a late 3 in a rout last season.
James has admitted to not sleeping well during the playoffs.
"I stayed up most of the night", he said. "I don't know the question you're trying to ask".
"Whatever. Just play it to the end", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. Cleveland was able to sustain the Warriors run, and responded with a run of their own.
Aqib Talib put the blame on Hill, however, who will now get a pass after missing a free throw that could've won the game. That on top of the Flagrant 2 may be enough for the league to dock him a game.
LeBron James was captured by photographers looking frustrated after J.R. Smith's fumble. Instead, Smith proceeded to try and dribble out the clock before passing to Hill with 1.7 seconds remaining. Smith must have been under the impression that the Cavs were actually up by a point rather than tied.