Although George Hill missed a free throw that could have given the Cavaliers the lead in the game, it was Smith who made the mental error of thinking the game was tied when it wasn’t. That cost the Cavs a shot to potentially win the game after he grabbed an offensive rebound following Hill’s miss.
Iguodala is said to be improving, and is effectively being considered day-to-day. Kerr obviously isn’t going to give a timeline — Iguodala has been slow to recover since suffering the injury in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals roughly two weeks ago. It’s also unclear if he’d get back in time if Golden State made it a short series.
Despite the apparent seriousness of the ankle injury, all signs point to Thompson playing. It swelled up in a major way after he finished Game 1, and he has required extensive treatment to get ready for Sunday night’s game. His presence will help, but we won’t know how much of an impact the ankle is having on his play until tip.
The Golden State Warriors managed to pull out the win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but Kevin Durant knows he has some adjustments to make on offense.
Speaking with reporters on Saturday, the star forward was critical of himself for his performance in the opening game and said that he took risky shots instead of smart ones, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
"I didn't take smart shots. I took risky looks," Warriors forward Kevin Durant said about his Game 1 offensive play in the NBA Finals.
Durant did finish with 26 points in the 124-114 overtime victory but shot just 8-for-22 from the field and 1-for-7 from deep. He often played right into the Cleveland Cavaliers’ defensive gameplan by holding onto the ball, sputtering the offense, and settling for contested long 2s, just as he did at times in the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets.
Cleveland’s deflating loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals was on a level of its own, even for a player who has been through as much as LeBron James has.
Speaking with reporters on Saturday, the Cavaliers star called Thursday’s defeat one of the toughest losses of his NBA career but expressed optimism heading into Sunday’s Game 2. He also said that the poked eye he suffered in the game was feeling a lot better, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
LeBron James called Game 1 of the NBA Finals one of the "toughest losses of his career" and a "tough 24 hours" after, but he "feels excited about the opportunity to be better, be great" now.
James has, of course, played in the league for 15 years and seen his fair share of devastating defeats, including five times losing in the Finals. But coming within a JR Smith brain cramp of stealing Game 1 from a heavily-favored all-time team like the Warriors on their home floor is probably unprecedented, even for James. Now we wait to see how he and the Cavs respond on Sunday.
J.R. Smith seems to have admitted that he wasn’t quite forthcoming with his explanation for his mistake late in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Smith grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed George Hill free throw and dribbled out the clock at the end of the fourth quarter, seemingly thinking the Cleveland Cavaliers were ahead when they were actually tied. After the game, Smith claimed he knew the score and was waiting for someone to call timeout.
On Saturday, he seemed to hedge a bit on his own explanation.
JR Smith goes back in his explanation of his execution at the end of Game 1 because he knew the game was tied: “After thinking about it … I can’t say I was sure of anything at that point”
Klay Thompson’s ankle situation is significant enough that he’s in a fight to play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, according to a report.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported Saturday that Thompson is dealing with a high ankle sprain and significant bruising stemming from a Game 1 collision with Cleveland’s J.R. Smith, and is being treated constantly to get through Game 2.
Sources: Warriors star Klay Thompson is dealing with high left ankle sprain and significant bruising, receiving treatment around clock with plan to play in Game 2 of Finals.
The injury looked quite severe live, and Thompson was later diagnosed with a lateral leg contusion and returned to the game. Things appear to be more serious than initially reported. It sounds like Thompson will play, but he may not be pain-free and doesn’t appear likely to be 100 percent.