Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Stephen Curry Speaks Highly of LeBron James Ahead of Game 1

Stephen Curry Speaks Highly of LeBron James Ahead of Game 1

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) handles the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and guard Stephen Curry (30) during overtime in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals, Oakland, USA, May 31, 2018.

The Cavaliers held a 104-102 lead with 36 seconds left in regulation when maybe the biggest turning point of the game occurred. As he elevated for a shot attempt, LeBron James slid in front of him to take a charge. "So we had to change it to a blocking foul". George Hill missed a free throw with four seconds remaining that would have put the Cavs ahead.

The Warriors didn't really touch on Smith's blunder after their win, but Draymond Green had a hilarious reaction when told that Smith claimed he knew the game was tied.

You sort of take for granted that players playing crunch time of the NBA Finals are fully aware of the game situation on any given play.

As soon as Smith made the ill-advised decision to gamble for a steal, the entire world seemed to know what was coming next.

"I was like, 'OK, I am not quite sure what we are going to do with this ball club". I looked over at LeBron and he looked like he was trying to get a timeout.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue did not mince words.

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And right where they've opened every year since 2015.

It's an outcome that LeBron James admitted he wasn't anticipating during a recent interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols.

"To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right".

He said the league was interested in finding parity, but did not believe in breaking up good teams just to give others a better shot at a championship.

Blessed with potent playmaking abilities, great size for the position, a high basketball IQ and elite athleticism, Iguodala had a well-rounded game that was well-suited for a franchise that needed a feature player.

And I think the biggest thing for me, sitting here today after breaking the all-time scoring record in playoff history, is that I did it just being me. "That's if you're lucky, you'll get to that point", James, 33, said Wednesday. At one point, he scored 12 straight in the third quarter, keeping in Cavs in the game during a stretch where the Warriors often distance themselves from their opponent.

"It didn't surprise me", Kerr said. The Cavaliers eventually lost Game 1 in overtime. Tristan Thompson was ejected at that point in an incident during which he pushed the basketball in Green's face.

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