Cavaliers avoid suspensions that would have killed their chances

Posted June 02, 2018

Despite LeBron's absurd 50-point performance, the Cavs would fall to the "Dubs" 124-114.

Pictured, Cleveland Cavaliers forward James (23) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors forward Durant (35) during the first quarter in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

Instead, Thompson was fined for failing to leave the court in a timely manner after being ejected and for shoving the ball in Green's face with 2.6 seconds remaining in overtime after being taunted by the Warriors forward for being ejected. While Green initiated the trash-talking between the two, Thompson took it too far by giving Green a face full of basketball. But the league determined he didn't warrant a suspension because he returned to the bench immediately.

"You don't like to see the chippiness".

The bottom line is that the Cavs are now down 1-0 in the series against the heavily favoured Warriors.

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Durant said he had a block-charge reversal in the regular season.

In a conference call with the media on Friday, George Hill admitted watching replays of himself missing a free throw with 4.5 seconds left. He made the first free throw to tie it, missed the second.

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Smith explained after the game that he knew the game was tied, but I don't think anyone believes him.

"If I thought we were ahead, I would have just held on to the ball so they could foul me".

According to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, the veteran defensive wizard is doubtful for Golden State's Game 2 home date against Cleveland Sunday evening.

A costly blunder by J.R. Smith and a disputed foul call involving James himself sure helped. "So he's definitely going to start again".

Lue added that the way James played, "to come up robbed, it's just not right". "When they're playing small, switching a lot of things, with him being on the offensive glass - getting easy put-backs, giving us extra possessions (as well as Tristan) - that's huge for us". It doesn't make a difference in the outcome of the game, win and loss record. 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.

"I can't talk about a situation that way because I do some dumb stuff on the court", Durant said of how the fourth quarter finished. We blew our chance, blew our opportunity.

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.