Willie Snead Game Jersey The Cavaliers began their comeback attempt Friday win an exciting win over the Warriors after scoring 49 points in the first quarter and 86 points in the first half, both of which broke NBA Finals records.
Unfortunately, the game was muddled by some questionable officiating, scuffles on the court, and a minor fight in the stands. One fan was ejected, and the refs hardly ever had the game under control in the second half.
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It begs the question: Did the NBA have an agenda to extend the series and have its officials play a role in the outcome of the game? Probably not, but conspiracy theorists will say yes, and so did fans on social media during the game. After all, ESPN projects Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber will make approximately $11 million if the Warriors clinch in Game 5 in the Bay Area.
I think we gave (the Cavs) a little too much respect in those first two games, Jerebko told TNT’s Charles Barkley following Game 3. We’re out there to compete and I don’t think we competed that hard those first two games, like you said. I just wanted to come out there and play with some aggression and play with some attitude.
In the playoffs, it’s all about game-to-game adjustments. Stevens would be wise not to count on Smart playing like Stephen Curry, LeBron James scoring 11 points and turning the ball over six times and his team hitting 18 3-pointers (five above their playoff average) again. It’d behoove Boston to give Cleveland a different look out of the gate and insert Jerebko, a high-energy player who’s up to the challenge of taking on King James and all his merry men and carrying the momentum of a big-time postseason performance into Game 4.
Stevens has nothing to lose and everything to gain by inserting Jerebko into the starting five. A little aggression and attitude could go a long way.