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

  • Published: 12 May 2019
  • 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.

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  • Why Bee McNoMistake
    Why Bee McNoMistake  3 hours back

    The Top 5 significant NBA relocations:

    5- 1979: the Jazz relocate from New Orleans to Utah

    4- 1984: the Clippers relocate from San Diego to LA.

    3- 2001: The Grizzlies relocate from Vancouver to Memphis.

    2- 2008:The Supersonics relocate from Seattle to OKC.

    1- 2018: The JR Smith relocates LBJ from Cleveland to LA.

    • Brian Lara
      Brian Lara  4 hours back

      I almost stopped watching with the cleveland nut hugging. Forgot to mention the commisioner interfering in the finals.

      • Maolen Vin Pelaez
        Maolen Vin Pelaez  8 hours back

        Geez, take away that JR Smith brain fart and the Cavs win in 6.

        • H Eck
          H Eck  11 hours back

          Splash bros?

          More like *Mulatto bros*

          • smileybone3010
            smileybone3010  22 hours back

            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  1 days back

              I miss Lebron ☹️

              • O.G. John Doe
                O.G. John Doe  1 days back

                🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️ 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  1 days back

                    Still crossed the line before free throw was put up. SmH til this day

                    • Matthew Rusinyak
                      Matthew Rusinyak  1 days back

                      This is a video jeez 🔥

                      • Russel Jao
                        Russel Jao  2 days back

                        Wow, I've never seen Klay and Durant move faster after the JR rebound. Those dudes are amazing!

                        • Panzerkampfwagen 1
                          Panzerkampfwagen 1  2 days back

                          Lol why is javale McGee the poster boy of shaqtin a fool

                          • nicc
                            nicc  2 days back

                            At 0:41 is that a lane violation by draymond? Or do they play by the second line in the paint

                            • Classified Chappy
                              Classified Chappy  2 days back

                              Man JR Smith is awful

                              • OfficialBudha 6ix
                                OfficialBudha 6ix  3 days back

                                To be fair to J.R, how doesn't the best player in the world know they have 1 T.O remaining??

                                • Alecsander Hamilton
                                  Alecsander Hamilton  4 days back

                                  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
                                    AshGreninja1819  4 days back

                                    I miss JR in a knicks jersey when he was actually good

                                    • Patrick Northern
                                      Patrick Northern  4 days back

                                      Cavs would of lost regardless

                                      • Scott Wyllie
                                        Scott Wyllie  5 days back

                                        That dig on the Knicks was lovely.

                                        • Christian Cayabyab
                                          Christian Cayabyab  6 days back

                                          3:31 Durant: "If you can't beat em, join em"

                                          • AyoitsTasmin
                                            AyoitsTasmin  6 days back

                                            Im sorry but literally no one in their right mind thought this game was going to be close.

                                            • YungBusta _
                                              YungBusta _  6 days back

                                              Clip : is like 15 seconds long.
                                              SB Nation : Imma make a 12 minute video

                                              • Heart of a sword
                                                Heart of a sword  7 days back

                                                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  7 days back

                                                  I think I’m the only person who knows Purdue cause my brother and his wife both attended Purdue hahahahah

                                                  • Rick Bennett
                                                    Rick Bennett  7 days back

                                                    "And JR Smith went on to become the greatest basketball player who ever lived."

                                                    • Static Surfer
                                                      Static Surfer  1 weeks back

                                                      JR killed the Cavs dynasty : D

                                                    • hawks
                                                      hawks  1 weeks back

                                                      3:32 'the best team in NBA history' what about the 1995-96 Bull's

                                                      • C9_Revelator
                                                        C9_Revelator  1 weeks back

                                                        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
                                                          evexlyn  1 weeks back

                                                          This was so well done

                                                          • Noobmaster
                                                            Noobmaster  1 weeks back

                                                            Damn you actually did it

                                                            • Dre Bean
                                                              Dre Bean  1 weeks back

                                                              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
                                                                Otterly_James  1 weeks back

                                                                J.R. Smith is the 🐐

                                                                • Dirt McGert313
                                                                  Dirt McGert313  1 weeks back

                                                                  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  1 weeks back

                                                                    I love this moment in history 😁😁😁

                                                                    • Richey Buckets
                                                                      Richey Buckets  2 weeks back

                                                                      Tyron Lue should have called a timeout

                                                                      • Beast Vids
                                                                        Beast Vids  2 weeks back

                                                                        That shot vs the rockets where he shot a three wasn’t a bad shot he WAS OPEN

                                                                        • Mike Barnes
                                                                          Mike Barnes  2 weeks back

                                                                          A little too much of a rewind there bud

                                                                          • Totyanna Wilson
                                                                            Totyanna Wilson  2 weeks back

                                                                            Me: Why aren't there any ad marks
                                                                            Me: the more you know

                                                                            • countof3everybodyOD
                                                                              countof3everybodyOD  2 weeks back

                                                                              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
                                                                                abnormal  2 weeks back

                                                                                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  2 weeks back

                                                                                  What needs to be rewound is the creation of the splash bros

                                                                                  • Maxim o
                                                                                    Maxim o  2 weeks back

                                                                                    8:23 this is why you don't bet on regular season NBA games 😂😂 too rich to care

                                                                                    • Strange Brew
                                                                                      Strange Brew  2 weeks back

                                                                                      sometimes our minds go blank

                                                                                      • Blake Steenrod
                                                                                        Blake Steenrod  2 weeks back

                                                                                        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  2 weeks back

                                                                                          What the Knicks were in the playoffs at one point

                                                                                          • Tigzirou
                                                                                            Tigzirou  2 weeks back

                                                                                            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  2 weeks back

                                                                                              My guy really walked off the court to say hello 🤣

                                                                                              • Lazuardi Firdaus
                                                                                                Lazuardi Firdaus  2 weeks back

                                                                                                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