Cleveland's Thompson in limbo after NBA Finals incident

Cleveland's Thompson in limbo after NBA Finals incident

Cleveland's Thompson in limbo after NBA Finals incident

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association on Friday night, but not suspended, after sparking an altercation at the end of his team's Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors a night earlier.

J.R. Smith's blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was ripe to be taken away from the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

The underdog Cavs used their length to out-rebound the Warriors and were able to slow down the tempo of the game, allowing LeBron James to score 51 points by isolating hapless Warriors defenders and setting the table for a near upset. Thompson was ejected and then shoved the ball into Draymond Green's face before leaving the court. But the league determined he didn't warrant a suspension because he returned to the bench immediately. I obviously don't have a microphone recording but what he [Curry] said was: "'Boy, you couldn't let me have that one?'" Windhorst explained on The Lowe Post podcast.

"You don't like to see the chippiness".

"I don't know why I got thrown out", Cleveland's Thompson said.

Everyone is still trying to figure out what went on in the final minute of regulation in Game 1.

James appeared to draw a charge on Durant.

"I mean, this one's probably number one", Hill said.

A career 80 percent free-throw shooter, Hill was at the line in Oakland with 4.7 seconds to play and his team down a point.

George Hill was fouled by Klay Thompson with under five seconds remaining, and after making his first free throw, Hill missed the second and Smith grabbed the offensive rebound.

On May 31, 2018, ahead of Game 1 of this year's Finals, James arrived at Oracle Arena at approximately 3:55 p.m.

Lue expects a big bounce-back performance in Game 2. "That last play is over, it's behind us, and now we've got to move on". Me not hitting the free throw, I feel like I cost our team the win. "It was no big deal to me". "We're moving on as a team".

"We're always going to take a shot if the game (shot clock) tells us to take a shot", Kerr said. It was one of the worst feelings ever. There are plenty of role players on the Cavaliers and Warriors that could be available. "So that helps", Thompson said. I make the contest, and next thing I know, I was being kicked out for a good contest that we learn in training camp. "I think in that moment it personified where this series is and the nature of those two guys". Perhaps the greatest single-handed display of basketball in Finals history, in the end, was all for naught. There is this balance between accepting that he's going to get his numbers, but making it hard.

"I don't think anything got me through the night".

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