Twitter and all of social media was on fire last night into today as J.R. Smith made what will go down in sports history as one of the most illogical and bone-headed plays ever, when he dribbled out the clock after a missed free throw during a tie NBA Finals Game 1 at the end of regulation — a game the Cleveland Cavaliers would eventually lose 124-114 in overtime. You can watch the play unfold above.
The shot of LeBron James with outstretched arms and a dumbfounded expression on his face has made its way into meme royalty and for good reason. King James scored 51 points in 48 minutes and was only two assists and two rebounds shy of a triple-double. Even the Golden State Warriors admitted they were lucky at the end of the game. Coach Steve Kerr said “we got lucky” and forward Draymond Green said “sometimes you need a little luck.”
Cleveland stays in the Bay Area for Game 2 which will be played on June 3. It remains to be seen whether or not James and company can overcome the Game 1 blunder which would’ve set the mood for the Finals in a completely different manner. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite memes below from that controversial J.R. Smith Play to hold you over until Sunday.
JR Smith: I was tryna find Kyrie
LeBron: KYRIE IN BOSTON pic.twitter.com/g9ELI5DR7F
— Charlie Kaczorowski (@charliekacz) June 1, 2018
lebron james to jr smith ???♀️ pic.twitter.com/usHFruvgkm
— ishi (@knzsnchz) June 1, 2018
JR Smith: “Miss! You forgot to give us homework!!!!”
— Nick Fugallo (@NickFugallo) June 1, 2018
— Herb Scribner (@HerbScribner) June 1, 2018
YOU. ARE. A. TOY!
YOU AREN’T THE REAL BUZZ LIGHTYEAR, YOU’RE AN ACTION FIGURE. YOU ARE A CHILD’S PLAYTHING! pic.twitter.com/1ttgVPqK2X
— Richard Lee-Sam (@RLeesam) June 1, 2018
— Reese Waters (@reesewaters) June 1, 2018
— Nat (@natt0) June 1, 2018
#NBAFinals Game 1 Recap:
— Damon Bruce (@DamonBruce) June 1, 2018
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
We also couldn’t leave out this extended version of the play:
An extended look at the final play of regulation shows what JR Smith was really doing
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) June 1, 2018
Finally, there’s the ever calm and collected Kobe Bryant with his take:
? play. Flush it. Move on #nbafinals2018
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) June 1, 2018
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