Did JR Smith lets LeBron down?
Cavaliers blow late chances against Warriors as LeBron’s drops 51 points
Did JR Smith lets LeBron down?
What was JR Smith thinking?
If you thought round four of the Warriors-Cavaliers finals dynasty involving Lebron James was going to be boring Overtime. A controversial reversed call. A fight that led to an ejection. Fifty-one points from an all-time great and he still lost.
Lebron James carried the Cavaliers on both sides of the court and the King recorded the first 50-point game in the finals since Michael Jordan in 1993 and adding eight assists and eight rebounds.
We expect this to be an intense series after the Golden State Warriors controversial win over the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-114 in overtime in Game 1 at Oracle Arena.
Lebron’s super human effort gained the Cavaliers an early lead and had the game tied at 56-56 going into half-time. They then held the normally explosive third-quarter Warriors to a mere six-point lead and levelled the score in the fourth quarter. However, the refs reversed a controversial blocking call in the final minute of regulation – sending Kevin Durant to the free-throw line instead of LeBron James with added up to the win over the Cavaliers.
However, in basketball officials are permitted to go to replay in the final two minutes of a game to decide if a defender was in a legal blocking position. But the Cleveland coach, Tyronn Lue, was outraged with the decision to reverse a call in such a crucial game. “It’s never been done, ever in the history of the game,” he said. “It was great, it was epic and [James] did enough to carry this team to a victory … To do what he did tonight and to come up robbed, it’s just not right.”
Finally, George Hill missed a free throw with seconds left that would have put the Cavaliers one point up. Then the main controversy happen when JR Smith bungled an opportunity to win the game in the final seconds. The veteran failed to take a shot because he was trying to bring it out to get a shot off or it appeared he thought the Cavs had the lead or maybe when they were merely tied, sending the game into overtime. Smith later denied he had mixed up the score and said he was waiting for his team to call a timeout. When James was pressed repeatedly on the issue in the post-game press conference he simply got up from his seat and walked out.
“He thought we were up one,” said Lue after the game. “He thought it was over.”
As a respect, the Cavs lost confidence and the Warriors exploded for 17 points in overtime, and the shaken Cavs were toast.
Cavs Tristan Thompson was ejected as tempers flared with seconds to go after the referees said he had elbowed Shaun Livingston in the head. Other players scuffled in the background with James and Stephen Curry exchanging words.
Reaction to JR Smith lets Cavaliers down
JR Smith, Cavaliers guard: I was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off. I knew we were tied; I thought we were going to call timeout.
Kerr: I was disappointed that we didn’t get the rebound first, then, you know, we got lucky. He could have taken a shot, but he dribbled out.
Lue: [Smith] thought it was over. … He thought we were up one.
Smith: If I thought we were ahead, I’d have held on to the ball and let them foul me.
Paul Pierce, NBA Countdown analyst: You could just see it in the Cavs’ faces — you saw it in LeBron’s face. Once it went to overtime, they were done.
James: We got to move on. This game is over and done with. We had opportunities. I would never give up on JR. That’s not my M.O. I don’t give up on any of my players, any of my teammates, so I don’t think that even needs to be said
Durant: I thought he was looking for LeBron, because I was right there. If he had tried to put a layup up, I thought I had a good chance to contest it.
Draymond Green, Warriors forward: I guess that further goes along with my theory, I thought he was looking for LeBron. I would have looked for LeBron too. I guess.