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

"We're always going to take a shot if the game (shot clock) tells us to take a shot", Kerr said. "So we have the blueprint, now we just need to execute at a higher level". Cavs fans will likely admit that James was moving on the play, but it's a call that shouldn't have been reviewed in the first place. "If this were Game 32 of the regular season, I would not have played [on Thursday]".

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue speaks with media following game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Hours earlier, Nike released the limited-edition Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 1 25 Straight in celebration of what he'd accomplished against the Pistons on this day 11 years ago.

"Bron went to war in this game". And as he walked through the bowels of the stadium preparing to face the Warriors on basketball's biggest stage yet again, it couldn't be more fitting that James was toting a Thom Browne handbag, worth a whopping $41,000.

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. He was so dominant during the game that cameras caught Warriors enforcer Draymond Green yelling, "F- you, p-y!" in the direction of the King. "It didn't from my standpoint necessarily get out of hand in that game, but I've been around this game long enough to know that even guys with best intentions, when provoked, they can easily cross a line that you don't want them to cross".

The 33-year-old became the first player to record a 50-plus point game for the losing side in the NBA Finals but James was agonisingly close to stealing a victory. Perhaps the greatest single-handed display of basketball in Finals history, in the end, was all for naught.

"I'm not too concerned if Thompson is going to be available or not", Golden State guard Klay Thompson said. "You know, we just came up short".

The NBA also ruled that the controversial block call on LeBron James, which was reversed from a charge call, was the correct call, as "replay showed James was not in a legal guarding position". "That's why he's the best player in the world".

On the list of tough losses he's had in his career, where does this one rank? Put ourselves in a (position) to win the game.

During Game 1, Thompson suffered a lateral left leg contusion during a collision with J.R. Smith.

A moment of irony, for sure.

Aaron Dodson is an associate editor at The Undefeated.

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