The Funniest #NBATwitter Reactions to J.R. Smith Blowing Game One of the 2018 NBA Finals
LeBron James played one of the greatest NBA Finals games of all time on Thursday, scoring 51 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 8 assists.
It wasn’t enough.
The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-114 in overtime in game one of the NBA Finals. There were two plays that determined the game. And they both happened in the fourth game.
Down by one, Cavs point guard George Hill got fouled. Hill hit the first free throw, but missed the second one (mistake number one.)
However, all was not lost, yet. J.R. Smith got the rebound and had a clean look at the basketball. But instead of trying to hit the shot he dribbled out to the three-point line, apparently unaware that the Cavs were tied, not up by one. Lebron frantically tried to tell Smith. J.R. passed it off but it was too late. The buzzer rang. End of regulation came.
Here’s how it played out (just in case you didn’t see it:)
The play that may have changed the whole series!! All of North East Ohio wants to know what the hell jr Smith was doing!!! Warriors take game 124-114 in OT!! Bron went for 51!!! #lebronjames #jrsmith #jrwtf #bonehead #whatwereuthinking #unreal #couldhavewon #pissed #alldonecle pic.twitter.com/7oybVTJOXf
— Flagrant1 (@Flagrant1pod) June 1, 2018
After the game, Cavs coach Tyrone Lue said that Smith didn’t realize that the game was tied. However, Smith had a different story; he said he thought someone on his team would call timeout after he got the rebound:
Tyronn Lue and JR Smith appear to be on two different wavelengths on how the end of regulation went down. pic.twitter.com/9znsmaQaW2
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) June 1, 2018
Poor LeBron James had no explanation for it. When asked what Smith was thinking he said he didn’t know, then proceeded to storm out:
LeBron’s postgame news conference came to an abrupt end. pic.twitter.com/81hrfnbK45
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 1, 2018
The play was just one part of the story. What really matters is what happened online: Memes. Despite the fact that Kanye West was streaming his new album from Wyoming, #NBATwitter had one of the all-time great nights last night. The memes came quick and they came hard. And they were hilarious.
Scroll down to see the funniest memes from what will now be forever known as The Jr. Smith Game.
Put this in the Smithsonian pic.twitter.com/axPiDJFdnZ
— Dub (@WMsDiary) June 1, 2018
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 1, 2018
“NIGGA!” – Lebron james pic.twitter.com/JmBPZk0Plu
— Trill Withers (@TylerIAm) June 1, 2018
— Michael Swander (@MichaelSwander) June 1, 2018
Instant replay of JR Smith and LeBron in the closing seconds of regulation. pic.twitter.com/8qYCv7mBQf
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) June 1, 2018
Woke up to this in my text messages… pic.twitter.com/Vq4hK30R4u
— Josh Martin (@JoshMartinNBA) June 1, 2018
When LeBron leaves Cleveland 4 games from now…… we aren’t even going to need an explanation. Just remember this picture pic.twitter.com/IHA02w7I6D
— Jon Reed (@Jon__Reed) June 1, 2018
— Nat (@natt0) June 1, 2018
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) June 1, 2018
when people stop at yellow lights pic.twitter.com/azkLeJgdTt
— Lana Berry (@Lana) June 1, 2018
— Matt Ellentuck (@mellentuck) June 1, 2018
#NBAFinals Game 1 Recap:
— Damon Bruce (@DamonBruce) June 1, 2018
— [Official] P1Domo (@P1Domo) June 1, 2018
— #Finish2018 (@RayMichael87) June 1, 2018
When the Chopped contestant goes to the ice cream machine pic.twitter.com/pVVJRoHoEb
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) June 1, 2018