Thanks in large part to a crucial call that went against LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors 124-114.
Over the course of his tenure as Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach, Tyronn Lue has been careful not to publicly criticize officials.
That changed on Thursday night, when questionable call reversal went against his team and played a crucial role in the Cavs’ 124-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.
With 36.4 seconds remaining and Cleveland holding onto a 2-point lead, Warriors forward Kevin Durant drove the lane, where he was met by LeBron James. Although it was initially ruled a charge on Durant, the refs went to the monitor to check whether or not James was outside the restricted area — which he clearly was.
But because there were fewer than two minutes remaining, the refs were also able to review whether or not James was in legal guarding position, which they ruled he wasn’t, as they reversed the call to a block and awarded Durant two free throws.
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