Join us for live updates of game three of the National Basketball Association finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. One in particular, a photo of Smith's teammate LeBron James apparently gesturing at him in horror, continued to churn out new captions all weekend.
"I know regardless of who wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway", James told reporters Tuesday.
LeBron James couldn't hide his frustration after the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a 103-122 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 3 (June 4, Manila time).
The Warriors have yet to comment on the controversy or James' comments, but after skipping the ceremony last year it's assumed that James is right and they'd skip it again this year as well.
In other words, LeBron can't do it all himself and the Warriors are probably going to win this series easily simply because James has little help.
Since losing their first game of the 2018 playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the Cavaliers have won eight games in a row on their home court.
Here is the replay where you can see just how ideal the pass was. We really get up to play at home.
The Cavaliers stole game seven of that series on the road to advance to the finals, where they are battling the defending champion Warriors for the fourth consecutive year.
Despite the strength in depth in the Warriors' team, Durant's performance - with 43 points and 13 rebounds - had James acknowledging the former Oklahoma City Thunder star as the difference between the two sides for the second year running. Curry went 3-for-16 shooting for 11 points, but knocked down a couple shots late in the game when it mattered most. "I'm not suprised. Typical of him. First year, it was 1-1", Kerr said.
"We've got to come out with a sense of urgency to start", Warriors forward Kevin Durant said.
"We all feel that we can still win this series, and that we can play a lot better", said Cavaliers guard George Hill. If the Cavs are going to have any chance against the greatest collection of talent ever assembled, he'll need to keep up that level of play.
One thing both teams know well - being down doesn't rattle LeBron and the Cavs.
Curry got into foul trouble early which prevented him from carrying over the rhythm he had in Game 2.
Lue wants more physical toughness and better communication on the defensive side, especially guarding Curry.