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Richard Jefferson accuses Klay Thompson of double standards after his LeBron comments

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The NBA Finals will shift back to Cleveland after the Cavaliers forced a game six with a win over the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena on Monday night to keep their slim championship hopes alive.

Huge performances by Kyrie Irving and LeBron James - who became the first teammates to ever score 40+ points apiece in a Finals game - allowed the Cavs to fight another day.

As many experts regularly state, a series doesn't begin until things get physical and there's some back and forth between the two teams and that has certainly been the case over the past few games.

The chippiness and physicality almost reached boiling point in game four as James and Draymond Green nearly came to blows when they got tangled up at the top of the key.

Green appeared to take a swipe at LeBron which led to the league reviewing the play and handing the Warriors power forward a flagrant foul, which incurred an automatic one-match suspension.

With that latest flagrant, the All-Star accumulated his fourth of the playoffs and under the league's cumulative points system, it triggered a ban.

This news didn't sit well with his teammates, though, some of whom had some choice words for LeBron and the role he played in the suspension of the Dubs star.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Four

Klay Thompson took to the pre-game press conference to claim the Cavs forward's "feelings got hurt".

Marreese Speights added that he'd lost respect for the four-time MVP and tweeted out an emoji of a baby bottle, undoubtedly aimed at James. 

King James, however, wasn't interested in making headlines like his opponents and instead said he was taking the "high road" on the matter. 

As it transpired, he did his talking on the court as he used the words, and the boos from the crowd at his every touch of the basketball, to produce one of the best Finals displays of all-time. 

2016 NBA Finals - Game Five

The 31-year-old may not want to engage in a war of words, but it appears some of his teammates are more than willing to do it on his behalf.

Cleveland veteran Richard Jefferson has taken it upon himself to respond to Thompson and pointed to double standards by the Splash Brother.

After a 30-point game three loss to the Wine and Gold, Klay complained of a screen set by Timofey Mozgov which saw him leave the game momentarily with a bruised thigh and said it "seemed dirty".

He followed that up by saying LeBron should be able to handle trash talk as the NBA is "a man's league".

James may be prepared to brush it off but Jefferson isn't and has called out his former teammate.

"If it's a man's game, shut up about the [illegal screen]," Jefferson told The Vertical. "Or don't say anything about LeBron. Klay, he's like my little brother. But we can't contradict ourselves." 

The war of words between both sets of players only adds to the interest and anticipation ahead of game six which takes place at the Q on Thursday night.  

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