"To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right", Lue said of a controversial call against LeBron James that was perhaps the deciding moment in the Warriors' 124-114 overtime NBA Finals Game 1 victory here Thursday.
J.R. Smith made one of the most epic blunders in National Basketball Association history by trying to run out the clock, even though his Cleveland Cavaliers team were tied with the Golden State Warriors and ended up sending the game into OT. "If I thought we were ahead, I'd have held onto the ball and let them foul me", Smith said.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were just seconds away from taking down the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but came up short thanks to a questionable foul call in the final seconds of the game.
The NBA added the charge/block situation to the list of reviewable calls in the final two minutes of the game a couple of years ago.
When asked about Smith's blunder, James claimed he didn't know if the former knew the game was tied or not but maintained he would not give up on him, stating they have to "move on" despite a disappointing loss.
"It was tough. He could have had a little floater but somebody was there", Lue said.
James gave the reporter a few non-answers, but quickly grew exhausted of hearing the same type of questions.
Warriors' point guard Steph Curry said: "It was a insane game, I think all Game 1s are just different in their own right because you're having to adjust to a certain style of play, a different team".
"But the way it went down to the wire, we were scrambling on that last missed free throw trying to get the rebound and saw JR [Smith] ran it back to half court". Both the Warriors and Cavs had to win Games 6 and 7 to advance.
"I'm just trying to see whether you knew what his state of mind was", the reporter continued. We have a great working relationship. We got the offensive rebound, you know, I thought we were all aware of what was going on. Draymond Green figured Smith was simply looking for James, saying, "I would have looked for LeBron, too".
"I contested a shot that shouldn't have been taken", Thompson said.
J.R. Smith grabbed the rebound and then, to the frustration of all his teammates, tried to run out the clock. "When over at the table, we then are allowed to determine whether or not he was in a legal guarding position", Mauer said.
Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, the questionable call would end up ultimately deciding the game.