June 01, 2018
Anyone who stayed up late to watch Game One of the NBA Finals on Thursday night is probably feeling the pain of LeBron James.
The Sixers' top free agent target dropped a career-best 51 points, defying expectations against the Warriors, only to watch teammate J.R. Smith apparently forget the score after a crucial rebound in the closing seconds of regulation. Smith later denied that he was unaware the game was tied.
In his own words: JR Smith on the final play of regulation. pic.twitter.com/UTmzwH5yo5— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 1, 2018
The Cavs got torched in overtime, coughing up an improbable opportunity to steal home court advantage.
NBA Players and fans immediately pounced on Smith on Twitter, including Philadelphia's own Joel Embiid. There's a fierce collection of memes growing out of this disaster (this will help explain the Hennessy references, since Smith was considered a partier during his time with the New York Knicks).
Jr is on that henny lol pic.twitter.com/0GBhgXjVyt— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 1, 2018
He’s really tryna take that Shaqtin A fool MVP from me lmao— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 1, 2018
😂😂😂😂😳😳😳— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) June 1, 2018
Bron so mad at cuz 😂😂😂😂— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 1, 2018
LMAO at JR Smith on the right pic.twitter.com/dorCTSfRgN— Joe Raynne 🌶 (@JoeRaynne) June 1, 2018
An extended look at the final play of regulation shows what JR Smith was really doing— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) June 1, 2018
(Video via @NBCSAuthentic) #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/JTJklRrWvE
JR Smith everybody. pic.twitter.com/uTP7O0ZeEz— Manuel R (@Manu_Erre_) June 1, 2018
instant replay of JR Smith last night. pic.twitter.com/fnUZTnwvp5— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 1, 2018
June 1, 2018
jr smith.. 👀 pic.twitter.com/uFOtLTIqKM— yon’ (@yonivsn) June 1, 2018
Fam JR Smith is Dead funeral probably on Tuesday when they get back to Cleveland #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/B4zt1LX1w4— benson (@bluke123) June 1, 2018
when jr smith puts raisins in the potato salad pic.twitter.com/pqd7z6Y7T8— darth™ (@darth) June 1, 2018
lebron james to jr smith 😂🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/usHFruvgkm— ishi (@knzsnchz) June 1, 2018
Welp it’s only right..#nbafinals2018 #Jrsmith pic.twitter.com/wtVyCwL6Vs— Heel Keith Franklin (@KLF_II) June 1, 2018
I’m crying!! JR SMITH 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/T9XmIjfEFR— Hit The Bell 👉🏾 (@ChukMorka) June 1, 2018
Maury: When it comes the case of 32 year old JR Smith. You are not the father.— Shuby Ketchy (@Astrolopiticcus) June 1, 2018
Lebron: JR, why the hell did you ran out the clock?— Clint Capela Stan (@A_A_Ron_Rodgers) June 1, 2018
JR Smith: I used my Henny God powers, & went forward in time. to view alternate futures. To see all the possible outcomes of beating the Warriors. 14,000,605 possible outcomes, & this was the only way... pic.twitter.com/ZjwHObkhV2
This isn't the first time JR Smith has had trouble with the score. pic.twitter.com/ISEcrprLUV— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) June 1, 2018
JR Smith and Lebron in the closing seconds of the NBA Finals Game 1 #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/Zv6aoQKAaB— The Office Memes (@OfficeMemes_) June 1, 2018
Best from last night 🤣 #JRSmith pic.twitter.com/vTqKZ4B96m— HoopitNBAlive (@Hoopit_NBA_Live) June 1, 2018
Mannnnn these JR Smith memes are something 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/GdGk6KFlWn— samantha (@slc2123) June 1, 2018
Jr Smith be like 😣 #JRSmith pic.twitter.com/uPU2Hn3cku— Sugar (@DavidBangerz) June 1, 2018
JR Smith in the last couple of seconds in a game pic.twitter.com/rwPFSnT8nT— Chucky Marafona (@Foomknee) June 1, 2018
Young JR Smith 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ZK9TEAhMWK— a7 (@a7_thakidd) June 1, 2018
If there's any silver lining here, that blunder by Smith was perfectly timed for the 2018 edition of NBA Mean Tweets on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
This year comes with a pretty solid crop of insults, including a few specially made for Ben Simmons, Charles Barkley and Stephen A. Smith.
Miraculously, none of them were sent by Bryan Colangelo or his wife.