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Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Says ‘I’m Over the Referee S–t’

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson has had enough with the officiating during the NBA Finals and is not hiding his feelings about it any longer.

“I’m over the referee s–t,” Thompson said after Cleveland’s Game 2 loss, according to Sports Illustrated. “At the end of the day, if you don’t give effort and you don’t play hard, you’re never going to give yourself a chance to win.

“At the end of the day, you control what you can control. Just go out and play. Go out and play. Miss or make, you think you got fouled, you think it’s a travel, you got to get back on defense and communicate. And that’s what Golden State wants. They want you to hang back, complain to the refs and complain cuz they’re gonna come down and knock a three in your face. We can’t be worried about that.”

Thompson hasn’t been along in his criticism of the officials, as Cavs forward LeBron James and head coach Tyronn Lue have both been vocal about the job the officials have done through the first two games of the series.

“For our team to come out and play their hearts out and compete the way we did, man, I mean, it’s bad,” head coach Tyronn Lue said after the loss in Game 1, according to USA today’s Jeff Zillgitt.

“It’s never been done before where you know he’s outside the restricted, and then you go there and overturn the call and say it’s a block. It’s never been done, ever, in the history of the game. And then (Thursday) in the Finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our (butt) off, man, it ain’t right. It ain’t right.”

Cleveland has an uphill battle to climb back into the series, as they are down 0-2 to a Golden State Warriors team that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

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Cavs Expected to Waive and Stretch J.R. Smith

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to waive guard J.R. Smith after failing to find a suitable trade, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.

According to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, the Cavs plan to stretch his contract over the next three years.

Smith played in only 11 games during the 2018-19 season as the Cavs veered towards a youth movement.

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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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