LeBron James said before the start of the NBA Finals that the Cleveland Cavaliers will draw on their experience. James was photographed yelling at Smith, frantically motioning him to move towards the basket.
Rodney Hood saw his first real minutes in the series and scored 15 of Cleveland's 23 bench points, going 7-for-11 from the field.
Though LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves in a familiar position, trailing the Golden State Warriors 2-0 in the NBA Finals, they have one benefit - they know what the Warriors want to do on both ends of the court.
The Warriors have yet to comment on the controversy or James' comments, but after skipping the ceremony last year it's assumed that James is right and they'd skip it again this year as well.
No team has ever recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, but the Cavaliers made the best comeback in NBA Finals history in 2016 from 3-1 down to swipe a title from Golden State.
Three years ago, the accolade went to Andre Igoudala for his defensive work against LeBron James, despite the fact the former did not feature in the Warriors' starting line-up until Game 4.
Despite the offensive fireworks, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it was an improved defensive effort that led to the win. "So just being locked in on the defensive side of the ball from the jump ball, it will pay dividends for us going into Cleveland".More news: Here are the highlights from Apple's 2018 Worldwide Developers' Conference
James can get the Cavaliers back in this series, he proved it by winning the Eastern Conference finals in seven games after Cleveland went down 2-0 to Boston, but he will need to be rejuvenated by the crowd in Cleveland because he looked very sluggish in game two.
The visitors snatched the Cavs' souls on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, eliminating the last legitimate chance of a Cleveland championship in 2018 with a 110-102 victory in Game 3. We'll get into that, and more, in our Game 2 takeaways. "I'm not suprised. Typical of him".
Jenkins says the White House made a decision "to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military".
"We all feel that we can still win this series, and that we can play a lot better", said Cavaliers guard George Hill.
James defended Curry after Trump blamed him for the disinvitation, tweeting: "U bum".
LeBron James does not see a White House visit as a possibility for the Cavaliers or the Warriors. "You know that you can never relax".