Stephen A. Smith makes HUGE LeBron James claim about Steph Curry

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The NBA fined Thompson $25,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely fashion and for his interaction with Green but downgraded the foul to a flagrant 1. The league's ruling, per Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports, was that Love stepped onto the floor to contest the Thompson foul call, but retreated to the bench when the altercation broke out.

"Our team is the only one who thinks we can win", said Hill.

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

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

But Cleveland got good production from its frontcourt - lifted by another epic performance from LeBron James, who notched 13 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter, going 6-of-7 from the field in the final period, almost guiding his squad to the upset and adding another chapter to what's already been a postseason masterpiece. "We understand how hard and how challenging this task is", James said.

A referee video reversal overturned a charging foul on Kevin Durant into a blocking foul on James that allowed Durant to level the opener in the final minute.

There were other moments late on in the game though that could have changed the outcome into the Cavaliers favour, as Hill could've made his second free throw, and Lue could've called a timeout, so it's unfair to pin the blame on Smith.

Golden State got a serious scare when Thompson went down after Smith slid hard into the Splash Brother's left leg at the 6:17 mark of the first quarter.

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You can clearly see Smith say "I thought we were ahead" to James after the buzzer sounded. Oof.

"No, I knew we were tied", he told reporters.

If LeBron can avoid a sweep, prices for a clinching Game 5 or 7 at Oracle Arena would skyrocket and equate to big profits for the Warriors. I would never give up on J.R. We played well enough to win, but we didn't.

The fact that a thrilling overtime game couldn't eclipse last year's Game 1 blowout seems indicative of the viewer fatigue that some expected would come with a fourth straight Cleveland-Golden State clash - particularly one that seemed to have a predetermined outcome. "The biggest thing is that I feel good and talking to my doctor one of my happy places is the playoffs". Put ourselves in a (position) to win the game.

"I knew it was tied", he said.

"For our team to come out and play their hearts out and compete the way we did, man, I mean, it's bad...." We blew our chance, blew our opportunity.

That resiliency is going to be tested again - with Cleveland coming off one of the toughest losses (to swallow) in recent memory, a controversial Game 1 defeat that cost the Cavs a chance to steal homecourt advantage from Curry and Co.

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