Fans in Oakland showed more fight than the Cavs did in the second half of NBA Finals Game 2 against the Warriors. And it all happened right in front of LeBron James.
From the video below, it looks as though a spectator maybe was trying to engage Cavs backup forward Derrick Williams (EDIT: The incident started before Williams approached). LeBron and J.R. Smith rolled up on the scene just as things got really heated.
Smith executed his best boxout in a long time as he tried to steer James away from the action.
Tani Tupou Elite Jersey James and Smith got to the locker room unharmed. Now they’ll focus on trying to counterpunch the Warriors, who lead the best-of-seven series two games to none. Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland.
Kyrie re-tied his left shoe and remains in the game but is moving gingerly. Looks like his left ankle was the issue.
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LeBron drops a nice bounce pass in transition to Kyrie, who gets a layup to fall as he steps on Rozier’s foot. Kyrie remains down on the ground after the play.
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The Celtics announce that Jae Crowder suffered a strained left thigh and is availabe to return.
So what can we draw from Ball’s comments? He could see Russell as someone who doesn’t compete with him, but the more likely scenario is he’s echoing comments he heard from the front office. He had met with team president Magic Johnson, coach Luke Walton and general manager Rob Pelinka and the impression he came away with was that they’re still looking for a leader.
It’s also important to keep in mind Russell recently liked an anti-Lonzo Ball tweet. The harmless action could mean nothing, but we can’t discount it entirely.