Can JR, Cavs Redeem Themselves?
LeBron James pleads with JR Smith to pass the ball in the final seconds of the critical game 1 debacle, that cost the Cavs the victory in game 1 they may never recover from.
The Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers return to Quicken Loans Arena this week for games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals where its’ mental and mettle will be tested with their title hopes at stake.
This will be no time to reflect on the horrendous officiating that has cast a shadow over this series that Golden State leads 2 games to zip, nor will there be moments to debate who was to blame for the overtime defeat in game 1 that brought us to this point.
LeBron James erupted for 51 points 8 rebounds and 8 assist in game 1, but watched his brilliant performance melt away with a missed George Hill free throw in the final seconds and a JR Smith rebound and dribble out that cost the Cavs the chance for a victory.
Smith rebounded a Hill miss at the stripe, but inexplicably dribbled away from traffic allowing time in regulation to expire with the game tied.
Initially he told LeBron he thought the Cavs had the lead, but later recanting saying;
"I just thought we were going to call a timeout. Because I got the rebound, I'm pretty sure I couldn't shoot it over KD," Smith said of Kevin Durant. "If I thought we were ahead, I would have just held on to the ball so they could foul me. Clearly that wasn't the case."
None of it made absolutely any sense.