Cleveland Cavaliers star guard J.R. Smith successfully pulled off one of the dumbest plays in the history of basketball during game one of the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers, who eventually lost the game in overtime, were tied at the end of regulation when Smith grabbed an offensive rebound with seconds left. (SLIDESHOW: THESE GORGEOUS WOMEN LOVE BASKETBALL)
What did he do? Did he fire up the game-winning basket? Dish it off to LeBron to make a lethal move to seal the game? He didn’t do any of those things. Instead, he chose to hilariously dribble around and essentially run out the game.
JR Smith with the dumbest play in NBA Finals history. LeBron is going to trade him to Siberia pic.twitter.com/rEX7pqlerS
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) June 1, 2018
He tried to claim after the game he thought the score was tied at that moment, but the film seems to tell a different story. He seems to clearly tell LeBron he thought the Cavs were winning.
J.R. Smith on “the play”: “I was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off. I knew we were tied, I thought we were going to call timeout. If I thought we were ahead, I’d have held onto the ball and let them foul me.” (via @WindhorstESPN)
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) June 1, 2018
“I thought we were ahead.” – JR Smith pic.twitter.com/OjCt4VMCEj
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) June 1, 2018
That is so embarrassing on so many different levels. I want to feel bad for Smith, but it’s just too damn funny.
LeBron James has every right to weep after games for the pathetic situations his team finds itself in. The most pathetic part is that J.R. Smith is one of Cleveland’s best players, and he’s still making these bonehead mistakes. Absolutely no excuses of any kind.
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