Warning: highlight truthing ahead.
You’ve probably already seen the play. Early in the third-quarter of Game 2, Steph Curry found himself being guard by LeBron James. Despite the obvious size disadvantage, Curry didn’t look to pass the ball off or get a defensive switch. Instead, he laid down some serious handles and had King James spinning and flailing all over the place. He ended it with a pretty layup that James tried desperately to block.
Here’s a replay:
It was easily the defining play of Game 2. There’s just one problem though. In the process of turning LeBron James inside out (and possibly upside down), Curry definitely committed a double-dribble violation that should have forced the refs to blow the play dead and give the Cavaliers the ball. Apparently it went unnoticed, though.
The NBA released this video from their “Phantom Cam.” Check out the 22-second mark.
— NBA (@NBA) June 5, 2017
It’s no wonder that James bit so hard on the pump fake, since Curry 100 percent grabbed the ball with both hands like he was about to snap off a signature long-range three, only to put the ball back on the floor and beat James to the hoop.
Of course, even if you don’t count this play, Curry still had 32 points, 11 assists, and 10 boards for his first career playoff triple-double. And the Warriors won by 19 points, so the fact that this single play is a total fraud really doesn’t matter.