Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson was fined $25,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner and shoving a ball into the face of the Warriors' Draymond Green in Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA Finals after being automatically ejected for a flagrant foul 2.
The Cavaliers basically snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry got it going early and finished with 29 points and nine assists, Klay Thompson shook off a leg injury and finished with 24 points while Draymond Green racked up 13 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists and five steals.
But, of course, Twitter took it to the next level with an explosion of equally imaginative and hilarious memes mocking Smith's obliviousness.
With just seconds left on the clock, the Cavaliers had George Hill shooting free throws that could have won the game. He couldn't stand to answer any more questions about Smith. James was calling for the ball that entire time and could only hold his arms out in shock before walking back to the huddle for overtime.
You can clearly see Smith say "I thought we were ahead" to James after the buzzer sounded. Oof. "I don't know why I got thrown out".
"Our team is the only one who thinks we can win", said Hill.
James got the Cavaliers open looks but they struggled to make them. "So I stopped. And then the game was over". "I don't know", the 27-year-old told reporters in the locker room on Thursday, May 31, after the game in a video shared by Sports Illustrated "That was some bullshit, but I just needed to contest". And then I looked over at Bron and he looked like he was trying to call a timeout.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals was about as exciting as a fan could ask for.
James gave the reporter a few non-answers, but quickly grew exhausted of hearing the same type of questions. We understand that. It was a tough game for us.
And it hasn't changed Lue's belief in the Cavs' chances against the Warriors.
"I don't care what era you pick, there's never been a greater shooter than Steph Curry". "I seen the play happening".
But that hasn't stopped Smith from suggesting that Curry is nowhere near close to James.
A physical, heated and emotional game marked the start of the fourth finals in a row between the teams and the eighth in a row involving James, who echoed Lue's theft theme. The Rockets rebounded and converted a pair of foul shots to win. Instead, Smith proceeded to try and dribble out the clock before passing to Hill with 1.7 seconds remaining. There were just some plays that were kind of taken away from us. LeBron James slid over in front of him, and Durant was called with the charge.
"You take it all the way throughout the night thinking about it and ways you could have been better and plays that could have happened that could have gone your way and didn't go your way or things you could have done".
"We played as well as we've played all post-season and we gave ourselves a chance possession after possession after possession".