Referees Explain LeBron James Charge Reversal, Tristan Thompson Flagrant

Arnold Nichols
June 1, 2018

Cleveland's Kevin Love is in the concussion protocol and will need to complete a series of tests before he's cleared to return, and Golden State's Andre Iguodala - a former NBA Finals MVP - wasn't able to finish the Warriors-Rockets series because of a bone bruise in his leg.

Carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers to this year's NBA Finals is among the most impressive feats of LeBron James' career but the challenge that now awaits the game's greatest player may be more than even he can handle. Not sure?" James then says "What do you mean, not sure? Of course, you could say that about LeBron James' entire career, but specifically this year, throwing the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back and nearly literally carrying them into the NBA Finals. "We talk all season about getting better and better so that when we get to the playoffs we're playing our best basketball". Hopefully, the haters will get off Smith's back after this. He's always talking to guys, trying to help them get better.

"The level that I can play at is to be seen, but the level I put into the game and put into my craft is who I am", James said. I think he has the ability to make shots, to make timely shots, to make deep shots and to make momentum changing shots.

"I thought we were all aware of what was going on", James said.

"LeBron was clearly 4 feet outside the restricted area", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals. While Durant had the better position, the ball arched over him. At one point during the regular season, James actually questioned whether his current team would even qualify for the playoffs.

"That's just not an easy injury to predict in terms of recovery", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "I seen the drive, I was outside the charge line, stepped in and took the contact".

Shaun Livingston attempted a jumper with 2.6 seconds left in overtime and the Warriors leading 122-114.

"I don't know what J.R. was thinking", James said, refusing to speculate on Smith's thought process. It's a huge play.

Next up is a Warriors team that have won two of the last three NBA Finals and boast riches few teams have ever claimed and can shoot the lights out most any night.

"Just keeping our composure was big for us the entire series", Curry said.

"To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right". One of the most tense came when ESPN's Mark Schwarz, a reporter who's been with the network since 1990 and who's often been featured on Outside The Lines and SportsCenter, kept pressing James about if Smith knew the score was tied (as Smith claimed later) or not.

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