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Ex-Cavs player claims LeBron wasn't responsible for Warriors tombstone cookies

Ex-Cavs player claims LeBron wasn't responsible for Warriors tombstone cookies

Months after the Cavs overcame a 3-1 series deficit in the 2016 NBA Finals to stun the 73-win Warriors, images surfaced from a Halloween party hosted by LeBron James.

In the images, cookies in the shape of tombstones with the names of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson could be seen on a plate. The date "2015-16" was written on the cookies, apparently signifying the year the Warriors stars "died."

It was the height of the bitterness between the two teams that have met in three straight NBA Finals. The Cavs didn't care much for the Warriors.

But now, more than a year later, one of the players that was at the party to trying to take the blame off LeBron.

"I was at the Halloween party. Usually, [LeBron's] trolls are funny, but that was not from him, that was from the catering company. That’s why he doesn’t speak of it because the catering company put that together. If you think that LeBron James throws a party and does everything from the cookies to the decorations, then you’re kind of insane, that he has a season to prepare for and he’s party planning as well," former Cavs forward Dahntay Jones said Friday on The Russillo Show on ESPN. "But that was the company that they hired. It just happened to be funny at that point in time."

Jones, who is currently unsigned, has played one game for the Cavs each of the last two regular seasons. He did play in the first six games of the 2015-16 NBA Finals and averaged 1.3 points per game.

Durant: 'I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f---ing idol'

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Durant: 'I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f---ing idol'

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The shot will forever be remembered in Warriors history. Scratch that, the shot will forever be remembered in NBA history. 

“I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f---ing idol," Kevin Durant said to GQ Magazine. "Somebody that I really, really, really followed since I was a ninth-grade high schooler. I felt like he was passing the torch to me.”

With 52 second left in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and the Warriors trailing the Cavaliers, 113-111, Kevin Durant grabbed a rebound from an errant 3-point attempt. He dribbled down the left-side of the court and squared up LeBron James behind the 3-point line with 47 second left. 

Swish. At 45.7 seconds, the ball perfectly went through the net and gave the Warriors a 114-113 lead. Game. Set. Match. The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals and went on to win it all in five games. 

“That was the best moment I ever had," Durant said. 

Durant went on to win NBA Finals MVP after averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

Did Draymond troll LeBron? 'Y'all shot and y'all missed!!!'

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Did Draymond troll LeBron? 'Y'all shot and y'all missed!!!'

On the same day Twitter rolled out a 280 character limit, Warriors star Draymond Green managed to steal the social media spotlight. 

Draymond posted a picture of himself on Instagram Tuesday morning, using a conspicuously similar caption as LeBron James' post from the previous evening, which many believed was in reference to Kyrie Irving and the Celtics beating the Hawks. 

Mood...

A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on

MOOD...

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In the age of Banana Boats, snake-in-the-grass emoji, and considering the pair's social media history, that led some to believe that Green was once again trolling his good friend. 

He emphatically denied that was the case in a series of Twitter posts Tuesday afternoon, writing that if he really was going after LeBron, he'd be the first to say it. 

After all, Draymond usually puts any Cavs-related barbs on a t-shirt.