Game 2 is already complete, of course, and the Cavs are now down 2-0 and have a very slim chance of even sending the Finals to six games, much less winning.
But since last night’s Warriors blowout win was fairly expected, let’s take a look instead at some newfound footage from Game 1, showing LeBron’s reactions in the immediate aftermath of the JR Smith/George Hill debacle at the end of regulation. LeBron was not happy, as you might expect, but it was more about finding out the Cavs actually had a timeout remaining than it was at JR directly. (Though there’s some of that, too.)
Via Ballislife, which originally posted some of the video:
This is heartbreaking! Long uncut footage of LeBron, JR Smith & George Hill after Smith's mistake in Game 1. pic.twitter.com/MplQoAkk0a
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 4, 2018
And there’s the full YouTube clip, which might very well get taken down at some point:
Yeah, he’s definitely not staying in Cleveland, is he?
That’s a tough stretch of video to watch, especially as LeBron just sits and refuses to talk to Smith or Hill for the few minutes at the start, although that’s not unexpected, all things considered. But that series of plays is likely going to be all anyone remembers from this Finals, unless LeBron can will his team to victory at least once in Cleveland. It’s definitely not impossible, but at this point, it’s hard to bet on that happening.