Why Stephen A. Smith Blames LeBron James For Kevin Durant Joining Warriors

06 June, 2018, 05:00 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Cleveland Cavaliers J.R. Smith owns up to costly NBA Finals mistake explains pressure of playing with Le Bron James

"It's nothing to feel happy about being up 2-0", Thompson said.

"I'm optimistic Andre will play at some point in the series", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on Sunday.

For Cleveland to have a fighting chance in Games 3 and 4, they must go back to what has worked for them, playing Kyle Korver.

His biggest bucket came with 7:54 left, when he drilled an off-balance shot from several feet behind the 3-point line despite being closely guarded by Love. "That's what he does", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

Curry hit 11 of 26 shots in all, including nine of 17 from 3-point range.

While Stephen Curry seemed to be inspired after an altercation with Kendrick Perkins, some of his Warriors teammates are upset about the Game 2 incident. "They ran around a little too freely".

As a result, the Warriors were able to put forth an analytics adherent's dream game - one with layups or dunks constituting 32.9 percent of the shots attempts, and 43.9 percent of them coming as 3-point tries. Curry has two NBA championships, but has never won the NBA Finals MVP award.

Will the Warriors maintain the dominant status quo or will LeBron James' supporting cast finally ease some weight off the superstar's tired shoulders? The Warriors are superb at getting the opponent to do what they want on the perimeter. That's how you end up like the Cavs, alienating other star players and swinging wild trades because LeBron is putting an insane amount of pressure on everyone around him.

There will be a time in these National Basketball Association finals when the shots fall for the Cleveland Cavaliers, their players remember the score and big calls go their way.

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Smith infamously botched what could have been the clincher for the Cavaliers when he dribbled out the clock in the final seconds of game one instead of taking the winning shot, unaware the score was tied. Fans couldn't wait to bury him in memes.

Because the Cavs ended up not scoring on the possession, the pass went mostly unnoticed, with announcer Jeff Van Gundy mentioning it briefly long after the play had ended. "I finally got Game 1 out of my head".

The sequence starts around the 7:30 mark. And once learned the team had a timeout, James was beside himself, and almost inconsolable.

Let's rewind to the third quarter, where the Cavaliers outscored the Golden State Warriors 34-31.

In total, he posted 33 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. His first points - the first for Cleveland - came on a goaltend by McGee.

That's the fewest midrange shots the Warriors have attempted in the postseason. He also became the sixth player to ever make 300 3s in the postseason, joining Curry as the Warriors to reach the feat.

He found his teammates open beyond the arc on countless drives, and his 13 assists could have seemingly topped 20 if the Cavaliers had converted their opportunities.

Who knew? Cleveland was down 10 heading into the fourth quarter. He put up a 27-9-8 stat line against the Cavs last year - plus two steals a game - that would have earned him MVP honours in nearly any other year, except Kevin Durant scored 35 points a game, many of them in the face of LeBron James. "No matter offensively or defensively". Not even if they win the title this year.


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