Cavaliers avoid suspensions that would have killed their chances


In the waning seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson got into a little scuffle that could have had huge ramifications.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant wanted no part of LeBron James in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, according to ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith. But we're concerned with how our game plan is going to be executed and what we have to do to limit that from the offensive glass.

To be sure, it was George Hill who missed a potential go-ahead free throw after tying the score at 107 with his first foul shot with 4.7 seconds left in regulation.

Actually, Smith suddenly realized his error and threw the ball to Hill in the corner, but his shot came after the buzzer and missed anyway.

"Last night, Game 1, I'm going to repeat myself, regurgitate it till the Cavs come home, Kevin Durant looked like he wanted no part of LeBron James". It would also call to mind one of the oldest adages in sports, and business, and one that no athlete appreciates more than LeBron James: you've got to be in it to win it. "He thought we were up one".

In the moment, the Cavaliers never quite got over it, and then they compounded their mistakes in the end. However, Smith provided a different explanation of his thought process and claimed he knew the score was tied. "'You have so many people looking up to you, you have so many kids to inspire, and you, yourself, you have always talked about be as great as you can be every day, ' so I kind of hit that switch before the trade deadline".

"I contested a shot that shouldn't have been taken", Thompson said after the game.

Golden State got a serious scare when Thompson went down after Smith slid hard into the Splash Brother's left leg at the 6:17 mark of the first quarter. But with the outcome not in doubt, Cleveland's Tristan Thompson made a flagrant foul on a last-second shot and was taunted by Draymond Green, who had the ball shoved in his face for his trouble as teammates kept them apart.

James gave the reporter a few non-answers, but quickly grew exhausted of hearing the same type of questions.

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James appeared to draw a charge on Durant. But officials went to the replay to see if James was in the restricted area, which would make it a block.

"I read that play as well as I've read any play in my career, maybe in my life", James said.

James answered with an impressive drive, changing hands in midair before scoring to give the Cavs the lead.

Chances are that Smith, a formidable sharp-shooter in his own right who finished with 10 points that included two three-pointers, will bounce back.

The Cavs were heavy underdogs heading into the fourth straight meeting between these two teams in the NBA Finals.

James had his highest-scoring playoff game ever, tied Jerry West for the most 40-point games in a single postseason with eight and nearly single-handedly led the Cavs to the win. The Rockets rebounded and converted a pair of foul shots to win. So, Lue was asked, can James play any better as the series goes on? But it's just an unfortunate and tough way to walk away from here tonight.

LeBron James calls it the most frustrating loss of his 15-season career.

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