J.R. Smith's NBA Finals blunder deserves a deep rewind | Warriors vs Cavaliers 2018

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The Cavaliers and Warriors battled in the NBA Finals four consecutive years. LeBron James versus Steph Curry and the Warriors just became an expected matchup to end the season. But the last Finals series between these two teams wasn't quite as close as we had come to expect and it left a sour taste in the mouths of Cavs fans. It all started with a Game one slugfest, ending in one of the many mistakes made by wild card two guard, J.R. Smith.
Written and produced by Mike Imhoff
Directed by Ryan Simmons
Edited by Joe Ali and Ryan Simmons
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May 12, 2019




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smileybone3010 9 hours ago
How about we avoid this whole thing by 11 year veteran guard George Hill making a free throw? It's not like Shaq or Dwight Howard were on the line.
Junior Carnauba
Junior Carnauba 12 hours ago
I miss Lebron ☹️
O.G. John Doe
O.G. John Doe 13 hours ago
🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️ bruh KD and Westbrook had them down 3 to 1 and KD joins them 🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️ I still can't believe it.
isuckatlife cyka blyat
nba 2018 finals: cavs vs jr smith
dawgpound 4life
dawgpound 4life 21 hour ago
Still crossed the line before free throw was put up. SmH til this day
Matthew Rusinyak
Matthew Rusinyak 23 hours ago
This is a video jeez 🔥
Russel Jao
Russel Jao Day ago
Wow, I've never seen Klay and Durant move faster after the JR rebound. Those dudes are amazing!
Panzerkampfwagen 1
Lol why is javale McGee the poster boy of shaqtin a fool
nicc Day ago
At 0:41 is that a lane violation by draymond? Or do they play by the second line in the paint
Classified Chappy
Man JR Smith is awful
OfficialBudha 6ix
To be fair to J.R, how doesn't the best player in the world know they have 1 T.O remaining??
Alecsander Hamilton
I hope Lebrun wins 6 rings before retirement, to AD and Cousins, that should be the goal because that’s their claim to fame at this point. They can even be better players than him just help him threepeat once so the debate really gets hairsplitty
AshGreninja1819 3 days ago
I miss JR in a knicks jersey when he was actually good
Patrick Northern
Patrick Northern 3 days ago
Cavs would of lost regardless
Scott Wyllie
Scott Wyllie 4 days ago
That dig on the Knicks was lovely.
Christian Cayabyab
3:31 Durant: "If you can't beat em, join em"
AyoitsTasmin 5 days ago
Im sorry but literally no one in their right mind thought this game was going to be close.
YungBusta _
YungBusta _ 5 days ago
Clip : is like 15 seconds long. SB Nation : Imma make a 12 minute video
Heart of a sword
Heart of a sword 6 days ago
Why didn’t you mention Green’s suspension in game 5 and Bogut and Iguodala’s injury? You’re so bias dude. Another Lebron Dickrider
Oliver Galvin
Oliver Galvin 6 days ago
I think I’m the only person who knows Purdue cause my brother and his wife both attended Purdue hahahahah
Rick Bennett
Rick Bennett 6 days ago
"And JR Smith went on to become the greatest basketball player who ever lived."
Static Surfer
Static Surfer 6 days ago
JR killed the Cavs dynasty : D
Static Surfer
Static Surfer 4 days ago
@Steven Cravens Thanks to JR
Steven Cravens
Steven Cravens 4 days ago
Static Surfer not a dynasty
hawks 7 days ago
3:32 'the best team in NBA history' what about the 1995-96 Bull's
C9_Revelator 7 days ago
I just started the video but I hope they bring up the game against twolves earlier in the season, closing seconds, lebron comes up with a huge block, jr gets the ball n almost immediately calls timeout, then they get the ball to lebron with about a second left, who hits the game winner. It’s a very similar situation, except in the finals jr had more time to think n understand the situation cuz it was a free throw instead of a block. Jus blows me away, unless sometimes the league needs players to blow it if the refs haven’t controlled the game well enough.
evexlyn 8 days ago
This was so well done
Noobmaster 9 days ago
Damn you actually did it
Dre Bean
Dre Bean 9 days ago
Is it too soon for the rewind of curry missing the shot to send game 6 to overtime of the 2019 nba finals?
Otterly_James 9 days ago
J.R. Smith is the 🐐
Dirt McGert313
Dirt McGert313 9 days ago
Lebron pouting on the bench after that just goes to show you why he’ll never be on Jordans level. Its sad too because Lebron is so fixated n obsessed with having the same love n praise as Jordan that him and all his groupies forget he hasn’t even gotten passed Kobe, but he never will. He’ll never be on Kobe’s level,
Dirt McGert313
Dirt McGert313 9 days ago
I love this moment in history 😁😁😁
Richey Buckets
Richey Buckets 11 days ago
Tyron Lue should have called a timeout
Beast Vids
Beast Vids 11 days ago
That shot vs the rockets where he shot a three wasn’t a bad shot he WAS OPEN
Mike Barnes
Mike Barnes 11 days ago
A little too much of a rewind there bud
Totyanna Wilson
Totyanna Wilson 12 days ago
Me: Why aren't there any ad marks 3:03 Me: the more you know
In 16 you talked about Bron’s amazing block and Kyrie’s sic 3, but not Love’s awesome and surprising D on Steph
abnormal 13 days ago
The entire legacy of JR Smith was destroyed by this moment. Dude was not a Top 10, but still a very valid player. And then, in 10 seconds, his entire legacy destroyed.
Anthony Meyers
Anthony Meyers 13 days ago
What needs to be rewound is the creation of the splash bros
Maxim o
Maxim o 13 days ago
8:23 this is why you don't bet on regular season NBA games 😂😂 too rich to care
Strange Brew
Strange Brew 13 days ago
sometimes our minds go blank
Blake Steenrod
Blake Steenrod 14 days ago
0:44 that’s not true. The Lakers-Celtics finals series in the 60s had 4 and later 10 straight final appearances
Thunder fan yay
Thunder fan yay 15 days ago
What the Knicks were in the playoffs at one point
Tigzirou 16 days ago
If Jr hadn't had Hennessy, the cavs could have stole that championship from the warriors... think about that for a second
Legit Boss
Legit Boss 16 days ago
My guy really walked off the court to say hello 🤣
Lazuardi Firdaus
Lazuardi Firdaus 16 days ago
Thank You JR for ruining Cavs momentum in Finals. I felt sorry for Lebron. He played absolutely best after he played 48minutes against 'young' Celtics in Game 7
Kris Radke
Kris Radke 17 days ago
"Most beautiful display of defense ever" Lol! It was the only time LeBron played defense.
Lucas Lonchampt
Lucas Lonchampt 16 days ago
For how long have you been watching basketball?
Juggalo Guy
Juggalo Guy 17 days ago
So what was Smiths mistake at the end? Im very new to bball, and was surprised that this video spent 11 minutes OVER explaining the setup but then just cuts off at the end with no commentary about the play..
Nolan 16 days ago
He could have shot and scored to take the lead but he ran back with it forcing the game to overtime where cleveland lost.
Patrick Berg
Patrick Berg 19 days ago
I looked to see if you’ve done the college companion rewind but as that smacks of effort I’ll just ask, Chris Webber ?
Omar Silva
Omar Silva 20 days ago
Lakers looking for J. R. 😂
Austin Gibbins2740
Tayshaun prince block on reggie Miller was best block
Kris Guru
Kris Guru 21 day ago
Who’s watching this a year after it happened?
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