J.R. Smith’s dumb play ruins LeBron’s heroics as Cavaliers drop Game 1
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Cavaliers were a putback away — or a shot away, or maybe even just a timeout away — from a shocking NBA Finals road upset over the defending-champ Warriors. They had the ball. But it was J.R. Smith who had his mitts on it. Not LeBron James.
Smith had done a great job, grabbing the rebound of a missed George Hill free throw in a tied game with precious little time remaining — the key word was “tied.” He dribbled after grabbing the rebound with 4.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, wasted time then threw to Hill who flung a shot after the regulation horn as James watched in horror.
“He thought it was over,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “He thought we were up one.”
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