If there is one thing that Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith absolutely, positively, 100 percent does not lack, it’s self-confidence. At times, that can be a blessing. At other times, it can be just the opposite.
The final shot of the third quarter in Cleveland’s first-round playoff game against the Indiana Pacers fits in the latter category. Smith took a pass from Richard Jefferson in the backcourt with about three seconds remaining, took two dribbles, and let fly.
And then celebrated … while the ball flew well wide of the rim:
JR was 100% sure this was falling ???? pic.twitter.com/xsIiTb4hQw
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As Mike Breen said on the call: “Way off.” Smith tried to play it off by swerving to the side, turning around and clapping his hands as if nothing happened. But the mini-celebration didn’t go unnoticed.
This wasn’t quite Kemba Walker’s shimmy …
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… Nor was it Swaggy P’s infamous premature celebration …
But especially because it was J.R. Smith, it was pretty comical.