Some of the memorable moments from the 2018 NBA Finals was the Cavaliers blunder late in Recreation 1 when J.R. Smith held on to the ball as a substitute of taking pictures or passing with simply four.7 seconds left on the clock and the sport tied.
The Warriors went on to take Recreation 1 and ultimately swept the Cavs for his or her second straight championship.
The play that determined Recreation 1. pic.twitter.com/e1UeOv57Rn
— ESPN (@espn) June 1, 2018
“It was powerful, but it surely was the identical after Recreation 2, three and four. I didn’t take it no more durable than these losses simply because I made a mistake,” Smith mentioned, through ESPN’s The Undefeated. “All of us make errors. For my teammates to know that and have my again, (Recreation 1) wasn’t that dangerous. Talked to my coaches, everyone stood behind me 100 %. The principle factor was, OK, granted, you didn’t shoot the ball, however what when you ain’t get the rebound? Then what? We nonetheless would have been in the identical state of affairs. I might have shot and missed. Then what?
“I imply, it’s an trustworthy mistake. Folks make errors on a regular basis.”
Smith, a 14-year league veteran, dismissed the error.
“I’ve tousled so many occasions in my life,” Smith mentioned. “I imply, I can’t simply level at one factor to be mad at.”
The 33-year-old is coming into the third season of his four-year, $57 million contract with the Cavs. He averaged eight.three factors per recreation for Cleveland final season.