The new footage making the rounds shows the tension between LeBron James and Smith, separated by a single chair, as they silently relive the final seconds of regulation on the Jumbotron.
James can be seen at the 1:35 mark asking coach Tyronn Lue if they had any time-outs remaining — and his reaction speaks volumes.
James palms his face and crosses his arms as Smith somberly looks on, realising the crucial mistake he had made.
Teammate Jeff Green shares some words with James before the Cavs’ disappointment ultimately translated onto the court, with the Warriors opening overtime on a 9-0 run.
Golden State outscored Cleveland 17-7 in OT to take a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals, a near-miss for the Cavaliers that would haunt them more on Monday (AEST).
After a rattling finish to Game 1, the Cavs ceased to keep up with the offensive firepower of Stephen Curry and the Warriors.
Outscoring the Cavs in three of the four quarters, buoyed by Curry’s nine 3-pointers (a Finals single-game record), the Warriors took Game 2, 122-103.
James’ hope of bringing a second championship to Cleveland continues Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.
WARRIORS: CAVS SCRUB COULD HAVE HURT CURRY
The Warriors have a new beef. This time, with Kendrick Perkins.
Golden State is unhappy the Cleveland big man didn’t move out of the way when Stephen Curry backed into him after a shot at the end of the third quarter of Game 2, according to ESPN, which said multiple Warriors players were disturbed by the play.
Curry has dealt with numerous ankle and knee injuries, and the fear was he could have tripped over Perkins.
The incident led to a confrontation between Curry and Perkins. The normally mild-mannered Curry got in Perkins’ face and jawed with him as the quarter concluded.
“I’m not going to get into it,” Curry, who scored 33 points in the game, told ESPN. “No comment.”
Perkins was inactive in the game. It is unlikely he will see action in the series, but he seems to be making an impact nonetheless — just as he did against the Raptors.
In last month’s series, Perkins and Drake exchanged words after a game, with Drake allegedly calling the bench player a “f***ing p****.”