LeBron James loses it when Tyronn Lue tells him Cavaliers had timeout left at end of Game 1 regulation
This video, via David Astramskas of Ballislife, makes the moment even more memorable.
Watching J.R. Smith dejected on the bench – with LeBron James not speaking to him – is car-crash level of can’t look away. Then, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue tells LeBron the Cavs had a timeout remaining.
LeBron runs a gauntlet of emotions, clearly upset about a play that could cost him a legacy-altering championship but also trying to pull himself together for overtime. It is something.
I wonder how mad LeBron was at Smith, but also himself. LeBron could have called for a timeout in the moment. Instead, he appeared to direct Smith to hoist a desperation shot.
Of course, the Cavaliers never found their groove in overtime, losing by 10.