Stephen Curry Speaks Highly of LeBron James Ahead of Game 1

Most people were disappointed with J.R. Smith's action, including LeBron James, as it forced the game to overtime where the Warriors won with a 10-point lead.

That doesn't look good, but it hasn't appeared to affect LeBron's play.

Let's play along. How could we not after the show this floor general put on throughout the game's opening half and the closing minutes of regulation? George Hill went up, he made the first one. James could be seen calling for the ball in the replay, while Smith dribbles the ball.

But it was Green's reaction when finding out that Smith claimed he actually knew the game was tied that caused the entire room full of reporters to burst out in laughter. I tried to bring it out and get enough space to maybe get a shot off.

"I don't know what the Finals is without seeing Cleveland, without seeing LeBron", Curry said.

"It's not about me and Dan - we have a great working relationship", James told [Rachel] Nichols. Some tweets boiled over about Smith's March suspension for throwing a bowl of soup at Cavaliers assistant coach Damon Jones.

In overtime, the Warriors simply ran away with it.

While the Cavaliers missed their first five shots of overtime, the Warriors ran off nine consecutive points. Durant disappeared entirely for lengthy stretches, inexplicably failing to demand the ball or exert much influence on the stopping side (and even hoisting a few air-balls). Green argued the foul call, but clearly slapped James in the face. While the impact was initially called as an offensive foul, the officials gathered at the review booth and would go on to change the call to a blocking foul on James.

He added: "This is the kind of play that's 50/50, some guys will say it's a charge, some guys will call it a block". It's a huge play. A miraculous Curry three-pointer at the buzzer tied the game at 56 at halftime. The opener of the fourth straight finals between these teams followed a familiar script with the deeper Warriors overcoming a sensational individually effort by James the way they did in winning the past two titles. He converted both, and suddenly what looked like a Cleveland possession with a two point lead was instead a tie game.

Lue left the arena believing James' first career 50-point playoff game should have been enough to give the Cavaliers, not the Warriors, the early edge in the series.

"For our team to come out and play their hearts out and compete the way we did, man, it's bad", said Lue.

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