Takeaways From Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals

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Game 1 of the NBA Finals is in the books and the Warriors have a 1-0 lead on the Cavaliers. It was a good game for pretty much the entire game, but the Warriors ran away with it at the end. As I did last year during the NBA Finals, I’m sharing my takeaways from each game. What did I learn from Game 1? Let’s take a look.

J.R. Smith is an Idiot

If I’m LeBron James, Ty Lue, any Cavaliers player, a Cavaliers fan, or anyone rooting for the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, I’d be infuriated with J.R. Smith right now. I’m actually rooting for the Cavs so I am infuriated with J.R. Smith right now. After a missed free throw by George Hill, J.R. Smith gets the offensive rebound. What seemed to be a good play quickly went wrong when J.R. Smith forgot how to play basketball, which ultimately cost the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals. Smith should have done one of two things. One option was to shoot the ball and potentially make the shot to give the Cavaliers the win. The second option, which actually should have been his first option, was to pass the ball to LeBron James and let him take the game winning shot. The way LeBron has been hitting clutch and game winning shots this postseason, I believe he would have won the game for the Cavs. The entire NBA world is ripping on Smith right now because he’s one of the main reasons why the Cavs lost this game.

The Refs Screwed the Cavs

Another major reason why the Cavs lost Game 1 is because the refs screwed them over big time. There were probably some wrong calls throughout the game, but the refs really got some calls wrong in the fourth quarter which hurt the Cavs. First, Kevin Durant drives to the rim and LeBron makes a clean strip, but the refs call it a foul. Could have been points for the Cavs, but instead turned into Warriors points. Next, LeBron is backing down Curry, and then Looney clearly hits him on the arm, which leads to a turnover. No call. Could have been Cavs points, but the refs screwed them. Another time, LeBron draws a charge on Durant, but then it gets reversed by the refs after review. LeBron wasn’t in the restricted area, and he was in legal guarding position. Could have turned into Cavs points, but instead it was more points for the Warriors. I’m not excusing the idiotic play by J.R. Smith or the Cavaliers play in OT, but it probably shouldn’t have been a tied game when George Hill was shooting that second free throw. The Cavaliers should have already had a safe lead, but the refs decided to make some horrible calls against them. Hopefully I don’t get fined for saying that.

Kevin Durant Being Considered the Best Player in the NBA is Even More Laughable Than Last Year

Remember last year in the NBA Finals when Kevin Durant had a big game and all of a sudden people started to think he’d overtaken LeBron as the best player in the NBA?? HAHAHAHA. All I could do was laugh. Kevin Durant wasn’t then and he’s not now. If you put Kevin Durant in LeBron’s place, the Cavaliers would probably have lost to the Pacers in the first round. They for sure wouldn’t be in the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant can’t do what LeBron James does. There’s a reason he had to join a team who had already been in the NBA Finals two years in a row with three other All-Stars to win a championship. Give that to any star player and they could do that. Kevin Durant could never do what LeBron does.

This Series Might Actually Be Competitive

Despite losing Game 1, the Cavaliers have given hope to anyone hoping for a competitive NBA Finals. This game went back and forth up until OT. The Cavaliers were up and then the Warriors came back. The Warriors were up and then the Cavaliers came back. This game could easily be 1-0 in the Cavaliers favor right now. The Warriors were supposed to run away with this championship. They might still win the series 4-0 or 4-1, but at least the Cavaliers showed they’re not going to go down easily. Hopefully the mistake at the end of the fourth quarter and the horrible play in OT doesn’t carry over to Game 2.


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