Although he originally said he was thinking of a timeout and looking toward LeBron James after grabbing a rebound of George Hill's missed free throw with the score tied and a little over four seconds left, Smith copped to what seemed apparent: That he did not know that the score between the Cavs and Warriors was tied.
Public backlash after the late-game mistakes by his teammates in Game 1 of the finals proves James' point, as the criticism and memes have dominated the Twitterverse and other social media. However, the Cavaliers' performance has given fans hope that this series could be more competitive than originally predicted.
The instigation for Thompson's interaction with Green was when the Warriors forward began taunting Thompson after he was tossed from the game with 2.6 seconds remaining.
"I mean, I've been playing like dog crap all year and he stuck with me", Smith said. "So, it's a lot of pressure depending on how you look at it but I tell him all the time, he has a opportunity to play with me as well".
"I'd rather a guy not get suspended", he said after practice Saturday. (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. "If we're going to be that petty to do that, so be it". "I expect us to be better".
"If you're a celebrity, then you realize it's actually really bad for you", James said. But the summer, you can meet anybody anywhere, so all this, 'Meet me outside, ' 'Meet me at the bus, ' I ain't gonna give up money for that. I think people have seen that throughout our postseason runs, where he hasn't played well or played to his ability that he thinks he should have played, and then the next game he comes on and shoots the ball extremely well. "I'm not sure a player of that caliber requires something, an assist to get him going".
So this is going to be the key game of the series.
"I didn't take smart shots".
Now the only question is what will he wear before Game 2? "I went and got an early shower".
According to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, the Warriors All-Star is receiving "around the clock" medical treatment for a high left ankle sprain he suffered during Game 1 against the Cavaliers.