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- The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in heartbreaking fashion in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
- The loss came down to a mind-boggling decision from J.R. Smith, who seemed unaware of the score when he came down with a crucial offensive rebound with four seconds remaining and dribbled the ball out.
- After the game, Twitter was quick to roast Smith for his poor play in the final seconds of regulation.
J.R. Smith did not have his best night on Thursday.
With Game 1 of the NBA Finals tied at 107 and four seconds remaining, George Hill had one free throw to potentially give the Cleveland Cavaliers the lead. He missed, but Smith gathered the offensive rebound with enough time on the clock to put up another shot or get the ball to a teammate.
It was an unbelievable sequence of events that left fans either fuming or elated, depending on whether you were rooting for the Cavaliers or the Golden State Warriors.
It was also, inevitably, turned into content for Twitter.
Many grabbed onto James’ reaction to Smith – a photo that could’ve become a meme independent of the ridiculous context of the moment.
When the Chopped contestant goes to the ice cream machine pic.twitter.com/pVVJRoHoEb
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) June 1, 2018
"This meeting could have been done in one email!" pic.twitter.com/GhkZufTaTT
— Jay Rigdon (@jayrigdon5) June 1, 2018
— Jessica Smetana (@jessica_smetana) June 1, 2018
Others drew parallels to another bone-headed moment in the final seconds of a championship: the Seattle Seahawks’ decision to throw at the goal line against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2015.
“ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS HAND THE BALL TO MARSHAWN LYNCH” pic.twitter.com/Q2QiFOboNx
— Jackie Bamberger (@jackie_bam) June 1, 2018
— Grant Goldberg (@GrantGoldberg) June 1, 2018
There were also striking similarities between James’ and Smith’s reactions and the “distracted boyfriend” meme.
J.R. really had the basket right in front of him and craned his neck at the exact same angle and made the exact same face as the distracted boyfriend meme pic.twitter.com/glCaRP6aaV
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) June 1, 2018
— Nat (@natt0) June 1, 2018
Some chose to tie the moment to the ongoing rap feud between Drake and Pusha-T.
— Michael Swander (@MichaelSwander) June 1, 2018
it's tied pic.twitter.com/GT2hWDjTev
— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) June 1, 2018
And others took a moment to reflect on how relieved Hill must have been that his missed free throw was free from criticism thanks to Smith’s awful decision.
George Hill leaving the arena after missing the game-winning free throw and the entire world blaming J.R. pic.twitter.com/9gKlFz9GpO
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) June 1, 2018
The Cavs watching JR dribble out the clock. (George Hill pictured 3rd from left) pic.twitter.com/b0YJzeB1tl
— Dave Zack (@drzack3) June 1, 2018
One Twitter user had fun by making a video depicting Smith running straight to a liquor store.
The internet is absolutely amazing pic.twitter.com/cvizzJnhzh
— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) June 1, 2018
It’s undoubtedly a moment the internet will not soon forget.
The Cavaliers will look to put the game behind them and come back to even the series in Game 2 on Sunday.
- Tyronn Lue and the NBA world are baffled by the controversial foul change on LeBron James in Game 1 of the Finals
- J.R. Smith had a perplexing explanation for his end-of-game blunder that cost the Cavs in Game 1 of the Finals
- Kevin Love appeared to violate a rule the NBA takes very seriously, and it could cost him Game 2
- This photo of a very upset LeBron James sums up the brutal way the Cleveland Cavaliers blew the win in the final seconds
- A frustrated LeBron James cut his NBA Finals press conference off, told media to ‘be better tomorrow,’ after repeated questions about J.R. Smith’s blunder