Unwritten rules of the game up for debate at NBA Finals

Unwritten rules of the game up for debate at NBA Finals

Unwritten rules of the game up for debate at NBA Finals

With all five Warriors collapsing underneath, Smith had the chance to get the ball to the best basketball player on the planet with a wide open shot. "It didn't from my standpoint necessarily get out of hand in that game, but I've been around this game long enough to know that even guys with best intentions, when provoked, they can easily cross a line that you don't want them to cross".

"I'm not too concerned if Thompson is going to be available or not", Golden State guard Klay Thompson said. The Warriors didn't come out with the right intensity and were somewhat lucky to escape with the win and I feel that could have them in trouble once again.

Hill took exception to a reporter suggesting the Cavs were "demoralized" after Game 1 slipped away. After a miss on his second shot, JR Smith gathered the rebound and took the ball out, seemingly unaware that the score was still tied.

He made 19 of 32 shots, added eight rebounds and eight assists and played almost 48 minutes for a third straight game.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is being treated for anxiety, saying before Game 1 that the pressure-packed playoffs bring him so much joy.

"It's never been done before where you know he's outside the restricted [area], and then you go there and overturn the call and say it's a block", Lue said. "We felt like we could have had that one".

A costly blunder by J.R. Smith and a disputed foul call involving James himself sure helped. So it was tough. Then you think about calling timeout.

In Thursday's loss, it wasn't just LeBron's 51 points that kept the Cavs within punching distance. We blew our chance, blew our opportunity. It started after LeBron James converted a three-point play to give Cleveland a 104-102 lead with 50 seconds left. "Luckily, I was able to finish the game".

Regardless whether or not Smith knew the score, NBA TV's Grant Hill described the event as a "mental meltdown", but also believes that Hill should be held accountable as well for not making his free throws. Television cameras caught James screaming at Smith in obvious dismay. Andre Iguodala sat out Game 1 and is listed as doubtful for Sunday. "I said no already", said James.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after the game that Smith "thought we were up one" when he made his freakish decision.

Thompson has had several big games so far this playoffs, and while he finished Thursday night's game with just two points and five rebounds, he definitely offered a level of physicality and attitude that helped the Cavs very almost win Game 1 and steal home-court advantage in the series. I make the contest, and next thing I know, I was being kicked out for a good contest that we learn in training camp. So I knew once it was 30 seconds to go that they could review that situation.

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