LeBron James NBA Finals Reaction Photo Becomes Social Media's New Favorite Meme

Tanya Simon
June 1, 2018

Oh no. LeBron James reacts to a call late in regulation.

Pictured: LeBron James #23 and JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react as time expires in regulation against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, May 31, 2018.

Green sparked an incident in the dying seconds of overtime with the game decided, taunting Cleveland's Tristan Thompson after a flagrant foul and getting the ball thrust in his face for his trouble.

One of the most hard calls to make in the split second of fast-paced NBA action helped swing Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Golden State's favor.

With the Warriors up by two in the final seconds, George Hill was fouled by Klay Thompson and sent to the free-throw line with a chance to put the Cavs up one with just 4.7 seconds left on the clock. Instead of attempting a potential game-winning shot from the paint, Smith dribbled the ball out to the perimeter as James screamed at him. They tied the score at 70-70 on a jumper by James and then surged ahead on a 3-pointer by James, but the Warriors had their own response to take an 84-78 lead into the fourth quarter.

Golden State got a serious scare when Thompson went down after Smith slid hard into his left leg at the 6:17 mark of the first quarter. "I was already on the court trying to get the refs' attention before the scuffle".

The top scorers for Golden State were Steph Curry with 26 points, Kevin Durant with 26 and Klay Thompson with 24.

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"They have a guy who is playing basketball at a level that I'm not sure anybody's ever seen before, when you consider everything he's doing", Kerr said.

"The blocked charge thing, a year ago in the regular season same play happened to me", Durant said. "He thought it was over", Lue said post game. "He thought we were up one".

Curry said James talked some trash, so he talked right back.

"#NBAFinals Game 1 Recap: 'When I leave Cleveland a second time, I'm going in this direction.' - @KingJames", radio host Damon Bruce wrote.

"In The Finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our (butt) off, man, it ain't right", Lue said. "I mean, it's like the unspoken rule in the NBA: If you're up by 10 or 11 with about 20 seconds left, you don't shoot that shot".

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"It's never been done before where you know he's outside the restricted, and then you go there and overturn the call and say it's a block".

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