Kerr: Warriors got lucky after Smith error

Jo Caldwell
June 1, 2018

George Hill tied the game with a free throw with 4.7 seconds left, but JR Smith blew a chance to win the game after grabbing the offensive rebound and dribbling out the clock, thinking the Cavs had the lead. "I don't know his state of mind".

This sent the game into overtime where the Warriors picked up massive steam and went on to win 122-114. It was the eighth game of at least 40 points by James in this postseason, but his efforts were undone by a controversial replay reversal by the officials and a brain-freeze moment by J.R. Smith that wasted a chance to win in regulation.

Curry and James share a long-standing rivalry and are pretty familiar with each other having come against the other in the finals for the last three years.

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In his initial post, tweeted just minutes before tip-off in Oakland, Gilbert told fans he would share the three biggest reasons the Cavs are now in this position.

If you woke up Friday morning and didn't watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, you might be wondering why everyone is talking JR Smith.

"I read that play just as well as I've read any play in my career, maybe in my life", James said. "There were just some plays that were kind of taken away from us".

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James has played phenomenally well in crucial games and there were many analysts who kept wondering if he has enough gas in the tank to keep delivering for the Cavs. LeBron James was otherworldly, posting 51 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

The loss, in part, was down to a freaky moment from Cavs star Smith when the scores were tied 107-107 with 4.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Besides, this is just Game 1. "I'm happy for him". Especially you know he's getting a lot of screens and Steph on him a lot and you know that's what the mismatch is. "And then the transition and we have to be aware of his catches as he wasn't catching and going to the rim. That's basketball. You've got to know if you're winning, losing or it's tied".

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"It's unprofessional. I think it cost them the game", ESPN commentator and former Finals MVP Chauncey Billups said after the game of Smith's play. When he realized the mistake, Smith frantically dished the ball out to Hill, for a three-pointer which missed the target and which might not have counted anyway. It also reinforced the fact rumor that Smith, recognizable by his, shall we say, sleepy-looking eyes, competes under the influence of alcohol and/or marijuana.

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