The Cavaliers could have clinched a win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Instead, the closing seconds in the fourth quarter could haunt the Cavs for the rest of the series.
After grabbing the rebound from a missed free throw, J.R. Smith dribbled the ball away from the rim and let time expire before the Cavs could get off a shot attempt for a potential game-winner.
Smith says he knew the score was tied but thought Cleveland was going to call a timeout.
The play and LeBron James' reaction to Smith immediately ignited a response on social media.
When you leave all the doors open but your dog poops in the house anyway pic.twitter.com/LY8u7CqQzJ— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) June 1, 2018
I defy you to tell me the last time JR Smith knew the score at any time in any game.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) June 1, 2018
“We just left a rest stop! Why didn’t you go then?” pic.twitter.com/ExXXogeocs— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) June 1, 2018
JR Smith: I was tryna find Kyrie— ? (@ShootingSherv) June 1, 2018
LeBron: KYRIE IS IN BOSTON pic.twitter.com/vezaEzoxBy
"damn, these scoreboards are so tiny!" JR Smith pic.twitter.com/0yCR3PVo0G— Tillmaster Flash (@tillmasterflash) June 1, 2018
Lebron gonna be assigning Jr Smith some homework for tonight. pic.twitter.com/OrPq0epK7z— DylanBibs (@DylanBibs) June 1, 2018
I’m telling y’all JR Smith gonna disappear one day and we’ll know why pic.twitter.com/5YqqBnmmiy— be better tomorrow (@CountOnVic) June 1, 2018
The Cavaliers look to rebound in Game 2 on Sunday night.
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