Kerr: Warriors got lucky after Smith error

Kerr: Warriors got lucky after Smith error

Kerr: Warriors got lucky after Smith error

Cleveland Cavaliers veteran JR Smith said he knew the NBA Finals opener was tied despite head coach Tyronn Lue claiming otherwise after his freakish late-game gaffe in the loss to the Golden State Warriors. After a replay review, Tristan Thompson received a Flagrant 2 foul and ejection with 2.6 seconds left.

"Every series, by the time you get to game three or four, you're exhausted of those guys".

While Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after the game that Smith thought Cleveland had the lead, Smith told reporters that he knew the game was tied and was waiting for someone to call a timeout. Even after talking to players and coaches from both sides, there was no real consensus on what the heck happened Thursday night after someone dropped the crunch-time minutes of Game 1 in a blender and hit "puree".

LeBron James, as he's done all playoffs long, carried the Cavs. But Curry's play, especially in crunch time, helped the Warriors withstand a 51-point barrage from James.

The Warriors had a more balanced team effort, led by Stephen Curry's 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Luckily at the end of regulation they didn't get a shot out.

It took Golden State Warriors sh*t-disturber Draymond Green all of 23 minutes to pick up his first technical foul of the 2018 NBA Finals.

With the Cavaliers down one and the shot clock turned off James and the gang were in the rare position of being able to win in Oakland. After LeBron hit a clutch bucket, Curry responded with an and-1 that gave the Warriors the lead. George Hill went up and made the first free throw. Yet in an National Basketball Association rarity, the officials reviewed the play to determine whether James was in the restricted area while taking the charge and actually overturned the call to a blocking foul on James - even though he was, in fact, outside the restricted area. "[We] Did some good things but you hate to lose a game like that the way we did, being up two, take a charge with 30 seconds left, and so whatever, man".

It remains to be seen if Smith's blunder defines the series (or his career) but for now, the Cavs have the unenviable task of facing the same team on Sunday with another chance to steal home-court advantage.

After already seeing their team win multiple titles during its current run, maybe Warriors fans are saving their money so they can hop on the 49ers bandwagon early.

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