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Cavs’ J.R. Smith Explains Late-Game Blunder In Game 1

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Cleveland Cavaliers J.R. Smith will be on the receiving end of fans’ ire after a late-game blunder in the closing seconds of Game 1 in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

With 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Smith rebounded a missed free throw from Cavs guard George Hill and dribbled the ball beyond the arc with no urgency, leading many to believe that he thought the Cavs had the lead.

However, Smith told the media that he thought that the Cavs were going to call their last timeout with the score tied at 107.

“I was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off,” Smith explained, according to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst. “I knew we were tied, I thought we were going to call timeout. If I thought we were ahead, I’d have held onto the ball and let them foul me.”

Cavaliers’ head coach Tyronn Lue said that Smith told him a different version of the story.

The fiasco will be discussed as the series rolls on and may live on in NBA Finals lore as one of the oddest plays to ever unfold during a critical point in a game.

Cavs’ superstar LeBron James says that the team just needs to turn the page on Game 1.

“We’ve got to move on,” James said, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver. “This game is over and done with. I would never give up on JR. I never give up on any of my players, any of my teammates.”

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Cavs’ Larry Drew Discusses Brandon Knight’s Play of Late

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The Cleveland Cavaliers knew that when they acquired Brandon Knight in a trade deadline deal with the Houston Rockets, that they were acquiring a player that may be a ways away from returning to form.

Knight, who missed the entire 2017-2018 season and appeared in only 14 games this season due to a torn ACL, has been showing signs of a return to form in his short stint with the Cavs, and it has caught the attention of Cavaliers’ head coach Larry Drew.

“I know what he’s gone through over a period with the injury and trying to come back from it,” Drew said of Knight, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

“I know what he’s capable of doing. I know what type of player he is. He’s a fierce competitor. Not only does he do it from an offensive end, but defensively, he’s a tough kid. That addition in our lineup gives us a little versatility as far as we can move people around. … And I know how bad he wants to get back to the Brandon Knight of old. Certainly if he can get back to that, you guys are going to see a terrific player.”

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Blazers Acquire Rodney Hood

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The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired Rodney Hood from the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a move that became official on Monday.

Hood heads over to Portland for a pair of 2nd round picks, one in 2021 and another in 2023, Nik Stauskas, and Wade Baldwin, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“Rodney is an accomplished NBA player that brings versatility, shot making and depth to our perimeter and will fit seamlessly into our culture and style of play,” Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in an official team statement.

Hood, 26, has poured in 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and two assists per game this season for Cleveland.

Hood had to agree to the trade because he signed a one-year, $3.4 million qualifying offer last summer with Cleveland, which granted him veto rights.

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Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Discusses Trade Possibility

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With the NBA Trade Deadline around the corner, the rumor mill is heating up and a number of names are being tossed around as potential players that could be moved to a new team.

One of the names that could be on the move is Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Tristan Thompson.

Thompson is understanding that it’s a business, and that anything can happen, including the possibility that he could be sent to a new team at the deadline.

“Blake Griffin got traded,” Thompson said , according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

“At the end of the day, if the trade is right and the pieces are guys they feel can help the franchise moving forward, I’m totally understanding. It’s a business. If you don’t have a no-trade clause, anything can happen.”

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