Former Longhorns Kevin Durant, Tristan Thompson set to meet in NBA Finals

Former Longhorns Kevin Durant, Tristan Thompson set to meet in NBA Finals

Former Longhorns Kevin Durant, Tristan Thompson set to meet in NBA Finals

Reason No. 1 didn't come as much of a surprise, with Gilbert stating that his team goes as LeBron James does.

The two are now set to face each other in the historic fourth-consecutive NBA Finals matchup between their teams, although neither has been involved in the rivalry long.

The Cavs led by two with about 36 seconds left, but a charge call against Kevin Durant was reversed to a block and Durant hit the two free throws.

They did not, and when Golden State scored the first nine-point of overtime, this one was effectively over. The back-and-forth final seconds ended in a tie to force overtime as J.R. Smith dribbled out the clock after appearing to have forgetten the score. With just minutes to go before the Warriors took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1, tickets were still available for purchase. He could not have been more wrong. "He thought we were up one", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said in his post-match press conference.

LeBron James, who finished with 51 points, and his Cavs team-mates urged Smith to turn around and attack the basket however it was too late as time expired. James couldn't believe his teammate's unforgivable sin, putting his hands on his head and remonstrating with him.

The focus on Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals quickly shifted from which team won to how the other managed to lose on Thursday night. I'm pretty sure everybody didn't think I was going to shoot it over KD.

"I knew we were tied", Smith said, "but I thought we were going to call timeout because we got the rebound". In the moment I thought for a second that Smith was dribbling toward the referee to call timeout. "If I thought we were ahead, I'd have held onto the ball and let them foul me".

LeBron James, who had a terse conversation with Smith after the play, said he didn't actually talk to Smith about the score.

Even with his explanation, Smith's last-gasp play doesn't make sense, and that makes it hard to believe him.

Yeah, J.R. Smith messed up.

Golden State enforcer Draymond Green sledged Smith for his unbelievable error. That doesn't even need to be said'.

Smith himself, meanwhile, insisted he knew what he was doing all along. However, in a post-game interview, Smith made a different version of the story, saying that he knew the game was tied when he got the rebound.

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