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Heartbreaking! See LeBron James' reaction to J.R. Smith's Game 1 mishap

LeBron James' reaction when he asks head coach Tyronn Lue if they any timeouts remaining is telling.


Kahron Spearman


By now everyone in the world is aware of J.R. Smith's awful end-of-regulation gaffe in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Now, we know how the ensuing huddle went.

 

Smith, evidently unaware of the tied score, dribbled the ball out after his offensive rebound during final seconds of the fourth quarter. 

 

On returning to the bench, he got some encouragement from teammates. But not LeBron James, who had one of the greatest performance in Finals history (51 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists) upended.

How many timeouts?

LeBron James
Finals Playoff Game 1

Pay attention to James' reaction at around 1:35, when he asks head coach Tyronn Lue if they any timeouts remaining. Lue answers to the affirmation, which just visually destroys James.

 

Smith's mistake, and James' reaction to it informs of the high stakes poker teammates play in playing alongside him.

 

It didn't affect James' psyche too much for Game 2. Though the Cavs lost again, James had 29 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists.

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