Smith’s Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors were tied at 107-107 with seconds remaining in regulation when Smith grabbed an offensive rebound off a teammate’s missed free throw. He appeared to dribble out most of the clock as if the Cavs were ahead instead of taking a shot or finding an open man. By the time he got rid of the ball, it was too late for a decent attempt at a buzzer-beater.
LeBron James (who scored 51 points) was ticked at his teammate, to say the least.
The Cavs let Game 1 slip through their fingers. pic.twitter.com/cwwBaQgzUs
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 1, 2018
The Cavaliers went on to lose in overtime, 124-114.
Social media jokesters, including journalists and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, worked overtime as well in skewering Smith’s play.
JR Smith should blame Ambien
— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) June 1, 2018
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) June 1, 2018
It was this moment when LeBron realized he should've traded JR Smith 😂 pic.twitter.com/jHIjGs1zXV
— All Black Media (@Allblackmedia) June 1, 2018
J.R. Smith in the Cavs locker room right now: pic.twitter.com/WBhJcKdWlW
— Kevin Holmes (@kholmesKSHB) June 1, 2018
Knicks fans watching that JR Smith play. pic.twitter.com/69KH98p8s9
— Yankeesource (@YankeeSource) June 1, 2018
Lebron James just scored JR Smith’s IQ score.
— Malik PB Shepherd (@leekcanball) June 1, 2018
Drop 50 points just for J.R Smith to lose it for you pic.twitter.com/WQMssj036k
— Horchata Activist 🥛 (@Mike__Bravo) June 1, 2018
J.R. Smith looking for the shot clock like: pic.twitter.com/XJcAVLlt5u
— SportsNation (@SportsNation) June 1, 2018
Smith said later that he knew the game was tied but figured the team was going to take a timeout. However, the Cavaliers’ coach, Tyronn Lue, told reporters that Smith had told him he thought the team was up by 1 point and was trying to run out the clock.
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