During the second OT of the Cavs wild 135-130 win over the Pacers on Sunday, a furious looking LeBron James and Tristan Thompson got into a shouting match while heading into a huddle. The argument is believed to be about the defense on Paul George, who finished with a game-high 43 points, including 16 straight for the Pacers in OT.
“I have to do a better job of not showing up my teammates out on the floor. I had the right intentions in my mind, but I had the wrong intentions come out of my mouth,” said James, who finished a 41-point triple-double (41/16/11). “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.”
After an apology from James, Tristan Thompson downplayed the event to the reporters.
“We’re family. Little miscommunication in the huddle. Move forward. Move forward. We’re family. Got each other’s back always. Move forward,” Thompson said. “Not going to get into (the reasons), just miscommunication, like I said. Move forward. It is what it is. Got the win.”
James also complimented Thompson while continuing to show remorse for his actions.
“I was a little bit too demonstrative at that point in the game,” James said. “He worked hard for our team, he’s a big-time player … but the way it came out was — it didn’t look good on TV.”