J.R. Smith has taken a lot of heat over the years for his shot selection. But in his defense, part of the reason he takes so many crazy shots is because he’s capable of making such shots, and frequently does make such shots. It’s perhaps his best and worst trait. If you watch him shoot before a game or in practice, he makes half-court shots look routine.
So, while this shot Smith made in Game 4 of the Cavs-Pacers series on Sunday night was amazing, it’s hardly surprising when it comes to his shot-making abilities.
With 1.4 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Smith took an inbound pass, made one dribble, and fired off a 65-footer off one leg. J.R. Swish:
That could prove to be a huge bucket in what is essentially a must-win Game 4 for Cleveland; they trail Indiana 2-1 in the series.