J.R. Smith is streaky. He can go through long cold stretches on the floor, and then catch fire for weeks at a time. Sometimes he wears a shirt in public, a lot of the time he doesn’t. Sometimes he cares, sometimes he doesn’t give a damn. It’s unpredictability that makes the Smith experience so much fun. It can also be maddening on certain nights.
When J.R. is locked in, he’s making huge threes in Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors. When he’s checked out, like he was last night in a meaningless road game in Milwaukee, dumb stuff happens.
The Cavs entire team didn’t show up last night, and got smashed by the Bucks, 118-101. Just one of those games in an NBA season that happen. No one is rearranging any power rankings here.
Smith’s shining moment came during the 2nd quarter when the Bucks were taking the ball out by their own bench in their halfcourt. He spotted old pal Jason Terry seated at the end of the Milwaukee bench, and headed over to hug it out shoot the breeze.
As Smith and Terry caught up on things, the Bucks inbounded the ball to an unguarded Tony Snell for a quick uncontested jam. Snell was Smith’s man. Oops. LeBron wasn’t amused.
There’s an argument to be made that the play was a set up by the veteran Terry, to distract Smith for the easy two. A cold blooded move, if true.
— The Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) November 30, 2016
After the game, Smith decided to answer questions about the play in a ski mask and hooded sweatshirt. Through the mask, Smith explained, “I didn’t know I was in the game.”
Classic. Gotta love J.R.
— Juan Hustle (@JuanHustle) November 30, 2016