JR Smith is going to have a rough few days, because his brain fade in the final few seconds of the first match of the NBA Finals has become a massive talking point in America.
The debate about whether or not LeBron James is the greatest player of all time rages on, and in the series opener he was once again on fire, netting 51 points.
Unfortunately that counts for nothing, as Business Insider outlines:
J.R. Smith committed a horrible gaffe in the final seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Finals when he appeared to forget the score.
Tied at 107 with four seconds remaining, Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill was shooting a free throw to try to put the Cavaliers up by 1 over the Golden State Warriors.
When Hill missed the go-ahead free throw, Smith got the offensive rebound, but instead of going up with the ball or passing it out to an open teammate, he dribbled through the Warriors, essentially running out the clock. He attempted to pass it to Hill, but it was too late and the Cavs didn’t get a shot off.
All of that, and King James was standing wide open:
Duuuuude, you gotta know the score. They didn’t lose the game directly because of his blunder, as the tied match went into overtime, but the rattled Cavs did lose in the end.
It’s a best of seven finals series, though, so still time to rise like a phoenix.
Not that his teammates are throwing him under the bus, and it’s clear LeBron has had enough of answering the same question:
The least impressed man in the world is this reporter, who lays into JR from around the 50-second mark:
Have a little lie-down, my guy.
Somewhere out there, former Ozzie prop Matt Dunning is smiling, because his drop-goal blunder from 2003 seems inconsequential in comparison.
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