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Frustrated LeBron James gets funny captions online

LeBron frustrated

ABC captured LeBron James looking frustrated during the third quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday, leading to a slew of similar responses from folks online.

James was on the sidelines talking to his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates during a break and had his hands up, looking frustrated.

Take a look at some of the funny captions people had on Twitter, most of which had a similar tune.

With his team trailing in Game 4 and facing a sweep, there wasn’t much for the Cleveland Cavaliers to be happy about.

Watch: LeBron James hit in the eye again

LeBron James eye

LeBron James just can’t seem to avoid getting hit in the face during the NBA Finals.

LeBron appeared to get hit in the eye yet again against the Golden State Warriors. During the second quarter of Game 4 on Friday, James got hit in the face and was seen covering his face/eye area with his hand.

This has been an issue all series for LeBron. You may recall that he was nailed in the face on a foul by Draymond Green in Game 1, which caused redness in his eye that has persisted and resulted in blurry vision.

Kendrick Perkins reportedly flipped off Kevin Durant during Game 3 presser

Kendrick Perkins

Despite being in a suit on the sidelines, Kendrick Perkins continues to leave his mark on this year’s NBA Finals.

Jason Lloyd of The Athletic shared a story on Thursday of how the Cleveland Cavaliers big man saw Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant at the podium after Wednesday’s Game 3 (a 110-102 victory for the Warriors). Upon spotting Durant addressing reporters, Perkins raised two middle fingers high above his head in the former MVP’s direction and walked away without saying a word.

Durant apparently reacted to the unfriendly salute by quietly telling Perkins off, which you can see in the clip below:

Durant was the star of Wednesday’s game, finishing with a playoff-high 43 points on six three-pointers, including a cold-blooded triple that iced the game for the Warriors in the final minute.

Perkins and Durant were actually teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder for five seasons from 2011 to 2015, so it’s possible that the double birds were in jest. However, Perkins has not exactly been on the friendliest terms with the Warriors lately, so you never know.

LeBron James sarcastically tells reporter he should be a ‘psychiatrist’

LeBron James

Answering questions after a tough loss is never an easy thing for a star player to do, and LeBron James has done a pretty good job of it throughout his career. During these NBA Finals, however, one reporter in particular seems to be really getting under his skin.

Following Game 1, LeBron walked out of his press conference rather abruptly when ESPN’s Mark Schwarz kept asking him questions about JR Smith’s epic blunder. Then after the Cavaliers’ loss to the Warriors on Thursday, Schwarz asked LeBron what was going through his mind when Kevin Durant hit almost the exact same dagger 3-pointer that he hit a year ago in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. James sarcastically told Schwarz he should be a psychiatrist.

“I actually think you should be, like, a psychiatrist,” LeBron said. “You just want to keep trying to get in somebody’s mind. That’s a whole thing, huh Mark?”

LeBron then said he was only hoping Durant would miss the shot so the Cavs could get the rebound, and Schwarz again followed up by asking him if he thought about last year’s shot. LeBron simply said “no” and moved on.

Schwarz’s questions have resulted in some members of the Warriors being able to poke fun at LeBron, but they haven’t really been unfair. Perhaps he’s just a bit too persistent for LeBron’s liking.

JR Smith says this loss hurt more than Game 1 defeat

JR Smith

The Cleveland Cavaliers fell into an 0-3 hole with a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, and JR Smith offered an interesting take afterwards.

Following the 110-102 defeat at home in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Smith said that this loss was tougher than the one that the Cavs suffered in Game 1.

“I think that this one hurts more because it’s at home,” said the former Sixth Man of the Year. “We had a lot of lapses on the defensive end, trying to switch, guys getting layups and dunks. I think my man had like three or four of those. So I think this one takes the cake for sure.”

While losses in front of your home crowd are indeed a lot harder to stomach in general, it’s hard not to see Smith’s comments here as a cover of sorts for the all-time blunder that he committed to directly result in that Game 1 loss. The Cavs should have defended their home court on Wednesday, sure. But had they gotten the win in the series opener, they could have entered this game in the driver’s seat instead of already being down 0-2 and now being down 0-3.

LeBron James says he will play through twisted ankle

LeBron James

LeBron James acknowledged after Game 3 that he twisted his ankle, but he says it won’t stop him from playing in Game 4.

James could be seen limping after twisting his ankle following a layup attempt.

James played through it during the game, though ESPN’s Brian Windhorst noted that James tried to avoid landing on his right leg when possible.

After the game, James was asked about his ankle and acknowledged he twisted it badly.

“Yeah I twisted it pretty good, but I’ll be in the lineup on Friday,” James said.

Windhorst was looking for James’ potential limp after the game, but the Cleveland Cavaliers star was too smart to show it.

Even with the sprained ankle, James had a triple-double — 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Kevin Durant nailed a crazy shot to beat them 110-102 and put Golden State up 3-0 in the series.

Andre Iguodala had heavy limp after Game 3

Andre Iguodala face

Andre Iguodala managed to return for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday, but he apparently did not emerge from it entirely unscathed.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic relayed that the Golden State Warriors forward had a “heavy” limp following the 110-102 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Iguodala, 34, had missed the previous six games of the playoffs with a knee injury that he suffered in the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets. He finished with eight points and one assist in 22 minutes of play on Wednesday but had to leave briefly for the locker room in the second quarter (though he did later return to the game).

The Warriors are now up 3-0 on the Cavs, so Iguodala’s health may not swing the ultimate result of the series by very much. Regardless though, it will still be something to keep an eye on ahead of Game 4 on Friday in Cleveland.

Charles Barkley rips ‘dumb’ Cavaliers for poor defense

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley had some harsh criticism for the Cleveland Cavaliers after Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.

The Cavs lost at home to the Golden State Warriors 110-102. They kept allowing easy layups at the basket to the Warriors off slip screen plays. Their inability to adjust led Barkley to call them “dumb.”

“I’ve never seen a team that dumb in my life,” Barkley said while providing analysis after the game on NBA TV.

The play the Warriors kept scoring on was one NBA TV highlighted before the game, so they knew what was coming.

It’s much easier to criticize from a TV set though. When you have to guard the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant, it’s not so easy. Sometimes you have to make a choice and if you double-team, you can pay for it as the Cavs did.

We’ve heard Barkley use words like that on fans before, but it’s not often he’s that harsh on a team that reached the NBA Finals.

Ex-Cav took shot at Draymond Green during Game 3

Draymond Green

Draymond Green’s antics appear to be wearing thin on the Cleveland Cavaliers, present and former ones alike.

Ex-Cav Channing Frye took to Twitter during Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday to shade Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green. Without mentioning him by name, Frye hinted that Green got away with excessive outbursts at the refs due to his well-established reputation as a loudmouth.

Frye was acquired by Cleveland in 2016 and remained with them until just this past February when he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Thus, he is quite familiar with Green’s shenanigans, having been in the trench with the Cavs for their previous two Finals appearances against the Warriors.

As for Green himself, he did pick up a technical foul (his fifth of the playoffs) during Golden State’s 110-102 victory. But Frye’s greater point remains — just this series alone, Green has already gotten away with his fair share of taunts.

Watch: Kevin Durant hits ridiculous dagger 3-pointer in Game 3 again

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant did it once again.

For the second straight year, Durant hit a deep 3-pointer to help the Golden State Warriors take out the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. This time he extended the Warriors’ lead to 106-100 with under a minute to go in Game 3 with a three-pointer from long range.

And here’s a comparison to last year’s shot in Game 3:

That was a fitting way for Durant to deliver a dagger, not just because it was so similar to what he did last year. Durant was also the Warriors’ best player in the game. He made 15 of 23 shots, all seven of his free throws, and six threes for a playoff career-high 43 points.