Thompson has been fined $25,000.
But a bigger burden was lifted off the shoulders of all the Cavaliers.
While there was enough blame to go around for a handful of people, including and especially the referees, it was the Cleveland Cavaliers' guard J.R. Smith who commanded the most attention in his team's overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors. Thompson lay grimacing in pain then went to the locker room with what was called a bruised left leg that needed re-taping.
The game ended with James jawing with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and then teammate Tristan Thompson getting ejected for a flagrant foul after he got upset when Shaun Livingston attempted a shot when the game was already in hand instead of taking a shot-clock violation.
Tony Brothers whistled Thompson for a Flagrant 2, which is an immediate ejection.
Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. notched double-digit rebounds for the Cavaliers. Love was quickly summoned off the court by an assistant coach. However, Warriors' coach Steve Kerr pushed back on Thompson's notions Friday afternoon.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals was about as exciting as a fan could ask for.
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But, of course, Twitter took it to the next level with an explosion of equally imaginative and hilarious memes mocking Smith's obliviousness. With his 293rd career 3 in the playoffs, made in the second quarter, Thompson passed Kobe Bryant (292) for sixth place on the NBA's list for postseason 3s.
What was expected to be a blowout victory for the Golden State Warriors, turned into another mind boggling performance from Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. "He's great on the "O" boards". He always causes problems with the that.
"We've got to come out next game and have more resistance against him to start the game", Curry said. "So we've been doing that all year, since I've been here, too".
Kerr said Andre Iguodala remained "doubtful" for Sunday.
Per NBA rules, any player who leaves his team's bench during an altercation will be suspended for the next game, without any exception.
"So to turn around in the very ensuing NBA Finals [after 2017], and in Game 1 while this dude [LeBron] you came for, because you wanted to stake your claim that a new era had arrived, "It's my time now, I'm going to join forces with a super team and become a champion and a Finals MVP and I'm going to do all this stuff.' In the very first game you went against this man in the ensuing NBA Finals, he [LeBron] said 'Hold up, I haven't gone anywhere. And I dealt with that last night", he said". "I expect it to heal up even more by tonight hopefully", Thompson said.
He also had received "no explanation" about the reversal.