September 15, 2017

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