Cavs forward Tristan Thompson took Cleveland's Game 3 loss hard after he played great defense on Derrick Rose's game-winning shot.
Thompson switched on to Rose after Iman Shumpert was screened by Taj Gibson. Rose pulled up a few feet behind the 3-point line to launch a shot over the outstretched right hand of Thompson, and the ball banked in to give the Bulls a 2-1 series lead.
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"I contested," Thompson told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "It wasn't like (Rose) just walked in and took a three. That's all you can really ask for. It was a lucky shot. He hit it off the glass. It's tough."
This wasn't the first time this season a buzzer-beater has been made over Thompson. On Nov. 5, Jazz forward Gordon Hayward hit a jumper as time expired to give Utah a 102-100 victory over the Cavs.
"Same one (as the Utah shot), but obviously it's on a bigger stage," Thompson said. "It's a tough shot (Rose) made. It was the only three he made. The next game, we just have to bounce back."
"When you go out and have a game plan and follow the game plan and they make a shot, you live with it," LeBron James told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "When you make mistakes during the game plan, those are the ones it is tough to live with."
Cleveland will look to rebound and even things up in Game 4 on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET in Chicago.