Cleveland Cavaliers Locker Room in Disarray Heading Into the 2017 NBA Playoffs?
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 2:59
He was looking for Indiana All-Star Paul George.After battling George all night, James wanted to show his respect."We've got a really good friendship, I'm going to leave it at that", James said after the game.The two shared an embrace and then had a lengthy chat, keeping their mouths hidden behind their jerseys so no one could read lips."Obviously you see what Paul did tonight", James said.
Thompson, who exited the locker room before the vast majority of the reporters in it had a chance to talk to him, downplayed the incident.
"To be perfectly honest, we're probably all over the place", Irving said. "Little miscommunication in the huddle". "A little miscommunication. Move forward". It's nearly always the other way around.
"It is what it is", he added. It came down to the last punch, and we just needed to make some more plays down the stretch to win the game. "On to Orlando (Tuesday at The Q)". Meanwhile, Cleveland has lost five of its past seven. Others who departed quickly included Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith.
In the second overtime, the teams traded 3-pointers as George seemingly had the answer to every Cleveland basket, but eventually, a three from Kevin Love put the Cavs up 131-127 with under 30 seconds remaining, a gap IN was unable to overcome.
In Milwaukee, Harrison Barnes scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter.
James yelled at Thompson as they headed back to the Cavs bench after the Pacers called for time. The Cavs trail the Celtics by a half-game in the Eastern Conference race.
"It was like a roller coaster", James said. He went just 5-of-20 from the floor, but was a cool, calm and collected 11-of-11 from the line. It started off with some great plays from Irving, finding Thompson for two dunks and hitting a three-pointer of his own.
IN took what seemed like much more than five seconds to get the ball inbounds and George missed a fadeaway jumper with his foot on the 3-point line, but was fouled by Thompson with 1.4 seconds to go. Korver has missed 11 of 14 games with the injury. James tied it at 104 with a soft fadeaway with 1:01 left.
"Even against a high-octane offense like Houston, try to keep them under a hundred points - make it tough on them", he said of the Warriors' mindset.
Stephenson scored his first points for the Pacers at the 8:47 mark in the second quarter to cut the lead to three.
James Harden, who led Houston with 30 points, sank a 3-pointer late in the first quarter to give the Rockets an National Basketball Association record 1,078th 3-pointer this season, breaking the old mark set last season by Golden State Warriors.
James, however, isn't ready to push the panic button, and figures the Cavs will figure things out. F Richard Jefferson returned after missing two games with left knee tendinitis and played 11 minutes.
LeBron James said he apologized to Tristan Thompson for showing him up over a blown coverage on Paul George in the closing minute of a game the Cavs actually won in double overtime.
George, who finished with 43 points and scored Indiana's first 13 points in the second overtime, buried a 3-pointer with 49.7 seconds left in the game.
"Never mind. I can't say that".