J.R. Smith’s lack of awareness at the end of regulation in Game 1 has far and away been the talk of the sports world since the Golden State Warriors’ 124-114 overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. After the game, Smith said he knew the game was tied (which would make the decision to dribble out the clock even worse), before backtracking on Friday and basically admitting he didn’t know what he was thinking.
Whatever the case, it was a very dumb play, and the Warriors may not be up 1-0 in the NBA Finals without it. So for Game 2 on Sunday night, Golden State fans at Oracle Arena made sure to show their appreciation for Smith’s gaffe.
During player introductions, Cavs players were heavily booed… until J.R. Smith’s name was announced. He got a rousing ovation:
— The Ledge (@TheLedgeSports) June 4, 2018
And in the first quarter, Smith went to the free-throw line to try to complete and and-one. Smith heard loud “M-V-P” chants from the Warriors’ fans, before missing the free throw.
Smith has five points (2-of-6 from the field) in 17 minutes for the Cavs through one half, with the Warriors leading 59-46.