The Warriors earned a wacky 124-114 overtime win in Game 1 Thursday night - featuring J.R. Smith's blunder when he grabbed an offensive rebound in the waning moments of regulation and dribbled back toward halfcourt rather than shooting for the victory, and an overturned charge call against James.
They finally got a bit of good news during a day off Friday when the National Basketball Association determined that Cleveland big men Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love wouldn't be suspended for Game 2 on Sunday night for their roles in a late-game brawl.
But tensions were clearly high towards the end of the game when LeBron James and Steph Curry were involved in a heated exchange before Tristan Thompson was ejected for pushing the ball into Draymond Green's face.
"As the ball is in the air, he kind of turns toward the Phoenix bench and yells 'told you so, ' and starts running to the locker room".
"I'm not moving as much", he said Saturday after team practice.
"You don't like to see the chippiness".
The legacy of JR Smith will forever be attached to the unbelievable goof he made in the closing seconds of Game 1. And it's especially terrible when a 51-point performance is wasted by a brain-freeze moment. He made the first free throw to tie it, missed the second.More news: Bryson DeChambeau wins the Memorial Tournament in playoff
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"I mean, I've been playing like dog crap all year and he stuck with me", Smith said.
Third quarter, 0:04, 90-79 Warriors: David West knocks down his first 3-pointer of the postseason to boost Golden State's lead back up to double digits. The whole J.R. Smith scenario was a bit of a headache. He's a big part of what we do. We played well enough to win but we didn't, so now we've got to move on. George Hill's second free throw didn't drop, and at the end of the fourth quarter with 4.7 seconds left, it could very well have given the Cleveland Cavaliers a win. "I'll take that. It comes with a lot of other great s--".
"He probably took that loss as hard as anybody on the team", James said.
Twitter had some amusing reactions to this latest effort at team unity by the Cavaliers. We blew our chance, blew our opportunity. "If we're going to be that petty to do that, so be it".
"If you're a celebrity, then you realize it's actually really bad for you", James said.
The Warriors organization feels that if Green had committed a similar act, he would've been suspended for Game 2.
"I'm not too concerned if Thompson is going to be available or not", Golden State guard Klay Thompson said. His cohort Andre Iguodala, a victim of circumstances, is doubtful for tonight's match up after missing the Warriors' last 5 games dating back to their series with the Rockets.
Kerr had also said Thompson was doing better Sunday morning when he checked in with the training staff. James went 19 for 32 from the floor; the rest of the Cavs shot a combined 25-of-67 (37.3 percent).