Best player reactions to Cavs-Warriors Game 1

Thompson Warriors were better in clutch time in Game 1 — have they figured something out

Thompson Warriors were better in clutch time in Game 1 — have they figured something out

The Golden State Warriors may hold the early series advantage in the 2018 NBA Finals, but they were far from flawless in Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors and Cavaliers, who are playing in their fourth consecutive NBA Finals, will meet in Game Two in Oakland on Sunday. The pivotal moment of the series opener was J.R. Smith not getting a shot off before time expired in regulation after he got an offensive rebound off a missed free throw.

Smith is capable of filling into the scoring role in the NBA Finals, as he reached double digits in the final three games of the championship series a year ago, including a 25-point performance in Game 5 when the Warriors clinched the title.

Instead, Thompson was fined for failing to leave the court in a timely manner after being ejected and for shoving the ball in Green's face with 2.6 seconds remaining in overtime after being taunted by the Warriors forward for being ejected.

"I'm taking my medication that I've been given by the doctors", he said.

I would have chalked up the shorts to it being June in California, but it was only 74 degrees in Oakland on Sunday, and the hoodie isn't going to keep you cool, so ¯\_ (ツ) _/¯.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said before the punishment announcement that, "I know the league will do the right thing" in Thompson's situation.


Hopefully, the Cavs can bounce back for Game 2, but it feels like they missed their best shot at a win in the Bay Area. "Well, got to score 60 tomorrow then I guess". (James) said something. I said something, and then Tristan lost his mind for a second, and that became a distraction from the fact that we were closing out an overtime game.

"We're the last two teams playing and we're going to fight it out". "I thought he was spectacular, but I didn't think we made it that hard for him". But we've got to focus on Game 2 now.

"I didn't take smart shots".

Durant has scored 20 points in every Finals game he has played in - in 2012 with the Thunder (five games), last season (five games) and now this time around.

The Warriors didn't play bad in Game 1. "But one thing about J.R., he has an uncanny ability to bounce back". Can Cleveland recreate its strong effort from last game and this time come away with a win despite being a double-digit underdog tonight in Game 2?

Thompson would end up catching a huge break as the National Basketball Association elected to not suspend him for Game 2, rather assess a $25,000 fine for the incident.

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