OAKLAND, Calif. — Despite the fact that J.R. Smith woke up for a single half in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals, LeBron James was, once again, a forced to perform his one-man show for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the entire game, and you cannot win a championship that way.
With two NBA All-Stars (Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love) sidelined with injuries for championship-starved Cleveland, and another reliable workhorse lost early season with an Achilles tear (Anderson Varajao), the Golden State Warriors are simply wearing the depleted Cavs down in every 4th quarter of the series by kicking the game into overdrive in the 2nd half.
With about five minutes left in every game, James’ tank is completely empty.
James finished the game with his third 40-point game of the NBA Finals, including his second triple-double (40 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) but it simply was not enough when J.R. Smith got ghost in the second half and failed to register a single point after torching the Warriors with 14 in the first half. That, combined with Steph Curry’s 17 points in the 4th quarter to finish with the game with 37 points, helped the Warriors pull away late — again — and beat the Cavs 104-91 to take a commanding 3-games-2 lead.
Social media was not kind to the Cavs, but there was some truth to what was being said. Take a look at some of the funniest social media takes on the Cavs’ one-man show.