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How J.R. Smith & George Hill both royally screwed up and cost Cavs the win

LeBron James was beside himself as Smith could be seen mouthing that he thought they were ahead.


Kahron Spearman


Easily the strangest moment in the Golden State Warriors' 124-114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers was J.R. Smith's game-altering blunder.

 

Following a missed foul shot from George Hill, Smith came out with the offensive rebound and inexplicably dribbled out regulation - despite the game being tied with over four seconds left when he corralled the board. 

 

With 2.2 seconds left, LeBron James, who scored 51 points - initially expecting the ball - pointed for Smith to try to score, they wanted to use their last timeout in regulation.

 

James was beside himself as Smith could be seen mouthing to him that he thought they were ahead.

I just thought we were going to call a timeout. Because I got the rebound, I'm pretty sure I couldn't shoot it over KD. If I thought we were ahead, I would have just held on to the ball so they could foul me. Clearly that wasn't the case.

J.R. Smith
Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers

Point blank, from when you're playing high level organized basketball; a player has to understand time and score - making Smith's decision-making during the play completely inexplicable.

 

It'll go down as one of the worst blunders in Finals history.

 

On ESPN's 'First Take' on Friday morning, Stephen A. Smith heavily suggested that perhaps Smith's off-court behavior was directly affecting his on-court play.

 

However, let's not allow Hill off the hook, for missing the second of his two free throws. A made free throw puts the pressure on the Warriors to pull out the game with a game-winner.

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