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Data: 12 paź 2018 - 05:23:40

Two days later Authentic Fred Warner Jersey , there is still no clarity on what J.R. Smith knew when he grabbed that offensive rebound in the final seconds of regulation of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Not even in Smith&#8217;s own mind.

&#8221;I can&#8217;t say I was sure of anything at that point,&#8221; Smith said.

All he and the Cleveland Cavaliers are sure of now is this: They&#8217;re down 1-0 to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, with Game 2 on Sunday night and Smith knowing that he&#8217;s going to be booed, made fun of, mocked and probably worse by the crowd at Oracle Arena.

Smith became one of the big Game 1 stories for all the wrong reasons . He grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw in the final seconds of regulation with the game tied, then ran toward midcourt as if he was running out the clock and thinking Cleveland had a one-point lead. The Cavaliers wound up losing in overtime.

&#8221;He probably took that loss as hard as anybody on the team,&#8221; Cavs star LeBron James said Saturday. &#8221;But one thing about J.R., he has an uncanny ability to bounce back. I think people have seen that throughout our postseason runs, where he hasn&#8217;t played well or played to his ability that he thinks he should have played, and then the next game he comes on and shoots the ball extremely well.&#8221;

That bounce-back tendency for Smith will be tested now like perhaps never before. This wasn&#8217;t just a gaffe. This was a huge gaffe, in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals with the game on the line. And in the immediate aftermath, it appeared Smith said to James on the court that he thought the Cavs were leading &#8211; something he denied afterward.

&#8221;I might have said that,&#8221; Smith said. &#8221;Not sure, but I might have.&#8221;

To say Smith was the reason Cleveland lost Thursday night isn&#8217;t right, or fair. There&#8217;s no guarantee that Cleveland would have scored to win the game in those final seconds if Smith had done anything differently.

Still, he was blamed.

&#8221;I&#8217;m glad it happened to me as opposed to anybody else on my team,&#8221; Smith said. &#8221;To be in that situation is tough and it&#8217;s not a situation everybody can handle, so I&#8217;m glad it happened to me.&#8221;

Smith spent Friday in his hotel room for the most part, watching the Memorial (&#8221;Tiger played really well,&#8221; Smith said), talking with Kyle Korver and visiting with his kids over FaceTime.

He knows he&#8217;s a punch line. He&#8217;s been there before.

&#8221;That&#8217;s pretty much who I&#8217;ve been my whole life,&#8221; said Smith Eric Staal Jersey , who bonded with a therapy dog earlier this season during a rough stretch. &#8221;I&#8217;ve always been the one guy who&#8217;s the butt of the jokes, or that one guy who does something crazy and everybody&#8217;s got to look at or whatever the case may be. And then I come back and be myself and play the next day. I don&#8217;t really dwell on things too much. It&#8217;s been like that my whole life. That&#8217;s what it looks like it&#8217;s going to continue to be.&#8221;

The Cavs have made clear that they&#8217;re not quitting on Smith.

They need him.

&#8221;He&#8217;s going to start. And no, I haven&#8217;t lost confidence,&#8221; coach Tyronn Lue said. &#8221;J.R. can shake off anything, and when everybody tends to count J.R. out, that&#8217;s when he comes through. So he&#8217;s definitely going to start again. He&#8217;s a big part of what we do. That last play is over, it&#8217;s behind us and now we&#8217;ve got to move on.&#8221;

A bounce-back game would be more than welcomed by Cleveland. When Smith is good, the Cavs are really good.

Cleveland is 10-1 this season, including playoffs, when Smith scores more than 15 points. The Cavaliers are 19-5 when he makes more than half his shot attempts. They&#8217;re 20-9 when he makes at least three 3-pointers. Those are some of the many reasons why Lue still has confidence in him, and Smith clearly appreciates that.

&#8221;I&#8217;ve been playing like dogcrap all year and he&#8217;s stuck with me,&#8221; Smith said. &#8221;So he&#8217;s one of the people who gives me the most confidence.&#8221;

And he&#8217;s due, too.

Smith has missed more than half his shots in eight straight games &#8211; his longest such cold streak since November. The Warriors expect that Smith and the rest of the Cavaliers will be more than ready for Game 2. And Smith said his teammates still believing in him is helping.

&#8221;Everybody says it&#8217;s not just the one play or the reason why we lost,&#8221; Smith said. &#8221;Take it however you want it. My teammates have been great. Very supportive.&#8221;

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ANAHEIM, Calif. &#8212; Armed with their prized possession acquired at the NHL Trade Deadline, the San Jose Sharks have an opportunity to assume a commanding lead in their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff Series against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at Honda Center.

Evander Kane scored two goals in his first playoff game and Joe Pavelski registered two assists to back a 25-save performance by Martin Jones in a 3-0 Game 1 victory on Thursday night.

Acquired by San Jose general manager Doug Wilson in exchange for a conditional draft selection in 2019, a conditional draft selection in 2020 and Danny O&#8217;Regan on Feb. 26, Kane has delivered what was asked of him upon his arrival in Northern California. Kane registered nine goals and five assists in 17 regular-season games and continued his production with a pair of decisive second-period goals.

Kane shrugged off the suggestion that the increased pressure of playing in his first postseason contest would affect his ability to contribute to the San Jose post season effort.

&#8220;I&#8217;ve played in a lot of big games before,&#8221; Kane said. &#8220;This is game one, obviously it&#8217;s exciting to be in the playoffs. It&#8217;s more so, just the first period, getting that out of the way and getting a feel for how I was going to feel Dolphins Game Jerseys , and how the game was going. I thought I got better as I went along.&#8221;

Kane arrived in Northern California with a questionable reputation after stops in Atlanta, Winnipeg and Buffalo but has fit seamlessly in the Sharks locker room. He gave credit to his teammates effort in the victory.

&#8220;We played great,&#8221; Kane continued. &#8220;I think all four lines did a great job of checking. We got a lot of pucks that go up into the stands and that is credit to our team, with a lot of good sticks. I thought Eric Fehr&#8217;s line there did a great job checking. Along with Logan Couture playing really good defensively, down low there, winning a lot of battles. It was a great team win, and obviously Martin Jones made the stops when he needed to.&#8221;

The Ducks were thoroughly disappointed in their effort, a lackluster performance after closing the regular season with a 10-1-1 record in their last 12 games to secure home ice advantage as the second-place team in the Pacific Division.

Anaheim lapsed into the bad habit of taking costly minor penalties that was a deciding factor in the loss. They paraded to the penalty box six times, including consecutive penalties by Andrew Cogliano and Ryan Getzlaf, creating a 5-on-3 man disadvantage that led to Kane&#8217;s opening score. Anaheim could not get back on track in the pivotal second frame, getting outshot 17-9 and surrendering all three Sharks goals.

&#8220;You can&#8217;t afford to take seven minors and give the opposition an opportunity to practice their power play,&#8221; said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. &#8220;It takes any momentum you had building in the game and flips everything in their favor. San Jose did a good job in the faceoff circle and kept the puck in our zone. They might not have scored, but they had almost two minutes in our zone. It&#8217;s very taxing on your penalty killers.&#8221;

Carlyle struggled to explain the Ducks&#8217; poor effort given their strong play in the final weeks of the regular season.

&#8220;We just didn&#8217;t seem to have our legs, our hands or our minds tonight. Three checks from our standpoint. We didn&#8217;t execute with the puck, we didn&#8217;t show any aggressiveness in our skating game and we showed we were weak mentally from the standpoint of undisciplined acts we committed.&#8221;

Faced with the possibility of dealing with an 0-2 series deficit as the series moves to the HP Pavilion with a loss, the game is essentially a must-win for Anaheim. While the veteran team is not panicking after only one defeat, Getzlaf knows the importance of the victory against a team the Ducks have only defeated once in five games this season.

&#8220;We just have to regroup. It&#8217;s one game and it&#8217;s best of seven. It&#8217;s about the process and getting better every day. We have to understand what we did wrong and build from it now.&#8221;

Ducks defenseman Josh Manson has confidence his team can bounce back and even the series.

&#8220;I think there&#8217;s a lot of character in this room,&#8221; Manson told the Orange County Register. &#8220;You know when there&#8217;s adversity, guys can step up to the table. We have guys that have won, and they know how to win games, and there&#8217;s guys in that room that can take over games. I think we do have a good group for response games.&#8221;



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