LeBron James and Tristan Thompson Get Into Heated Argument During Cavs OT Win Over Pacers (Video)
The Cavaliers won a double-overtime thriller over the Pacers on Sunday. It was a crucial victory for the defending champs as they try to keep pace with the Celtics in the race for first place in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, any sense of euphoria was sapped from the Cleveland locker room after the game thanks to a heated argument between LeBron James and Tristan Thompson.
The argument erupted on court, for all the world to see, with less than a minute remaining in the second overtime. And no, it had nothing to do with the Kardashian Curse.
Paul George, who at one point scored 16 consecutive points for the Pacers, hit a three-pointer with 50 seconds remaining in the second overtime to pull his team to within one. LeBron had been charged with guarding George most of the night, but this particular play was designed to force Thompson to switch to George. LeBron was pissed that Thompson let George get a wide open look at the basket, so he started barking at Thompson. Then Thompson started barking back.
A few seconds later, Kevin Love hit a three-pointer with 26 seconds left on the clock that gave Cleveland a four-point lead again. So all should have been right with the world. But it wasn’t. The Cavs called a timeout, and LeBron and Thompson continued to go at it. And when Cavs coach Tyron Lue tried to intervene, LeBron just blew him off.
Take a look:
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After the game, LeBron said he was in the wrong and apologized for his behavior.
“I have to do a better job of not showing up my teammates out on the floor,” he told Fox Sports Ohio. “I had the right intentions in my mind, but I had the wrong intentions come out of my mouth. I take full responsibility for that as the leader of the team. So I got to be a lot better at that and be able to keep that in-house in the locker room and when we’re watching film.”
James expanded on these thoughts speaking with reporters in the locker room.
“I can’t show up my teammates, that’s for sure. Especially Double T, worked hard for our team, he’s a big-time player for our team so I had good intentions of what I wanted to happen. But the way it came out was… it didn’t look good on TV.”
Unfortunately, it does not sound like Thompson was completely ready to accept LeBron’s apology. According to Cleveland.com, Thompson was still visibly upset in the locker room after the game. When asked about the argument, he simply replied, “Not going to get into it.” He then left the locker room while LeBron was still talking to reporters, while Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith left what was described as a “stone quiet” locker room without speaking to reporters at all.
Yikes. This does not sound good, Cavs fans.