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Richard Jefferson: The 2017 NBA Finals much closer than people think

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Richard Jefferson: The 2017 NBA Finals much closer than people think

Richard Jefferson is still very upset that the Cavs lost to the Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals.

And according to the 37-year old, the series could have gone the other way.

"Fans don't fully grasp it," he explained on The Bill Simmons Podcast. "We lose 4-1, right. We didn't play great. But KD hits that huge shot. Kyle (Korver) -- who is one of the great shooters in the history of basketball -- he has a good look, it doesn't drop. That's part of it.

"And then KD hits a tough shot over LeBron on a dribble-up. That close. You win the next game and it's 2-2. 

"People don't understand: 'Oh 4-1, they killed you.' It's like dude, it's literally one shot here, one shot there."

Game 1: Warriors 113, Cavaliers 91 -- Warriors lead by eight at the half and blew the game open in the third quarter.

Game 2: Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113 -- Warriors lead by four midway through the third quarter and then took control.

Game 3: Warriors 118, Cavaliers 113 -- Cavs lead 113-107 with a about 2:30 remaining and had possession...

Game 4: Cavaliers 137, Warriors 116 -- Cavs jumped out to a big lead and set the record for most 3-pointers (24) in an NBA Finals game.

"If it's 2-2, you go there it's Game 5. There's zero chance -- very similar to the year before -- we do not lose on our home court in a Game 6 situation," Jefferson said. "Now you go Game 7 -- anything can happen.

"That's how close it is. It's literally a difference between three shots playing in a Game 7 and losing 4-1."

Game 5: Warriors 129, Cavaliers 120 -- Cavs lead by eight early in the second quarter, Warriors lead by 17 late in second quarter, Warriors lead by five at the end of the third quarter.

Jefferson averaged 5.8 points during the series and made just one of his nine 3-point attempts.

He told Simmons that he will most likely retire after the 2017-18 season.

Jefferson appeared in 22 games for the Warriors during the 2011-12 season, and 56 games the following year.

He was traded to Utah in the deal that brought Andre Iguodala to the Bay Area.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

How to watch "Race and Sports in America: Conversations" online, on TV

How to watch "Race and Sports in America: Conversations" online, on TV

There's a movement taking place in this country right now.

The voices of Black athletes are being heard loud and clear. They want change, and they want it now.

Athletes like Warriors superstar Steph Curry are using their platforms to push for racial and social equality. But it all starts with tough conversations. The message needs to be heard.

On Monday, Curry will take part in a wide-range discussion on an NBC Sports' special, "Race and Sports in America: Conversations."

In addition to Curry, the conversation will feature Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, World Series champion and Oakland native Jimmy Rollins, Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, former tennis star James Blake and golfer Troy Mullins.

“We have to continue to double down and keep people accountable in all walks of life, all industries, all forms of leadership, the judicial system," Curry said. "And hopefully for my kids’ generation, their kids, we will see change.”

Here's how to watch "Race in America and Sports: Conversations."

When: Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: NBCSports.com

[RACE AND SPORTS IN AMERICA: Listen to the latest episode]

Warriors' Steve Kerr shares nickname for proposed second NBA 'bubble'

Warriors' Steve Kerr shares nickname for proposed second NBA 'bubble'

The Warriors might end up going to Chicago in September, as the NBA is exploring a second "bubble" for the eight teams who are not a part of the resumed season in Orlando.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr has a nickname for the proposed event.

"I call it the 'JV Bubble,' " Kerr said on the most recent episode of his "Flying Coach" podcast.

You probably are aware that "JV" is short for "junior varsity."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

So what are the Warriors doing in the meantime?

"Right now we have our young players coming in -- working out individually," Kerr explained. "One player, one coach at our facility in San Francisco.

"No team activities are allowed at this point."

[RELATED: Kerr shares Warriors' mindset on playing in Chicago 'bubble']

If the Warriors end up participating in the "JV Bubble," it's all but certain that players like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins will not attend.

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