Thursday, 18 October, 2018

LeBron James reaction to J.R. Smith's flub becomes epic meme

Kevin Durant Owned by Rockets Fan Anticipated or anticlimactic? Warriors-Cavs 4 in NBA Finals - NEWS 1130
Edward Snyder | 01 June, 2018, 19:19

JR Smith sent National Basketball Association fans into meltdown on social media for his actions in the final stages of the match that eventually saw Golden State emerge with a 124-114 win over Cleveland.

The play came with about 30 seconds left and the Cavaliers leading 104-102 after James converted a three-point play as part of a 51-point night.

While the Cavaliers missed their first five shots of overtime, the Warriors ran off nine consecutive points.

Upon review, it did look like a blocking foul on LeBron (although in real time it was one of those bang-bang National Basketball Association plays that can be called either way).

Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals on ABC was approximately even in the ratings with the comparable game in 2017. Smith's actions - racing to the hashmark and looking toward James - suggest, to me at least, that he planned to set up a top-of-the-key three for the win.

In a tight contest, which saw the game tied at the halfway mark, a mistake by JR Smith in the dying seconds of regulation play proved to be the turning point Golden State finally needed to lift themselves above their opponents. Kevin Durant won the award past year and Iguodala won it in 2015, but before anyone gets too far down that road, it would be wise to remember that LeBron James won it in 2016 as his team upset the heavily-favored Warriors, who had gotten off to a 3-1 start in the series.




LeBron James said he was unsure of what was going through JR Smith's head in the final seconds of the match. "And they called a charge, right?" In 2015, James earned four of the 11 votes for Finals MVP despite the Cavs losing in six games. The game came down to the wire, and George Hill had a chance to give the Cavs the lead with just seconds to go.

"Last year in the regular season, same play happened to me", he said. The Cavaliers eventually lost Game 1 in overtime. "So I felt like the odds were against us from the summer". However, rather than put a shot attempt up, he franticly dribbled out of the paint. Klay Thompson shook off an injury in the first quarter to finish with 24 points. "Individual player accomplishment and team accomplishments", he said.

A frustrated and dejected Tyronn Lue after the game didn't understand where the referees were coming from either.

"The level that I can play at is to be seen, but the level that I put into the game and put into my craft is who I am", he said.

Asked about Thompson's scare after the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated "It looked pretty bad".

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