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

  • Published on May 12, 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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  • RJ Macready
    RJ Macready 5 hours ago


  • C MayR
    C MayR 10 hours ago

    You guys got it wrong; he did those in purpose because he accepted payments from the opposite side

  • ADEPT ninja
    ADEPT ninja 19 hours ago

    Have comments been disabled for this video?

  • Mark Jones
    Mark Jones 20 hours ago

    that foul was on hill

  • John Ichie
    John Ichie 20 hours ago

    This is just hilarious. Jr..my goodness.

  • Keith Ford
    Keith Ford Day ago

    @10:31 Lebron travel... Should have never even got the khance* 4 free throws

  • Why Bee McNoMistake

    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 Day ago

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

  • Maolen Vin Pelaez

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

  • H Eck
    H Eck Day ago +1

    Splash bros?

    More like *Mulatto bros*

  • smileybone3010
    smileybone3010 2 days 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 2 days ago

    I miss Lebron ☹️

  • O.G. John Doe
    O.G. John Doe 2 days ago +2

    🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️ 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 2 days ago

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

  • Matthew Rusinyak
    Matthew Rusinyak 2 days ago

    This is a video jeez 🔥

  • Russel Jao
    Russel Jao 3 days ago

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

  • Panzerkampfwagen 1
    Panzerkampfwagen 1 3 days ago +1

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

  • nicc
    nicc 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    Man JR Smith is awful

  • OfficialBudha 6ix
    OfficialBudha 6ix 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

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

  • Patrick Northern
    Patrick Northern 5 days ago +1

    Cavs would of lost regardless

  • Scott Wyllie
    Scott Wyllie 6 days ago

    That dig on the Knicks was lovely.

  • Christian Cayabyab
    Christian Cayabyab 6 days ago

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

  • AyoitsTasmin
    AyoitsTasmin 7 days ago +1

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

  • YungBusta _
    YungBusta _ 7 days ago +1

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

  • Heart of a sword
    Heart of a sword 8 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 8 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 8 days ago

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

  • Static Surfer
    Static Surfer 8 days ago

    JR killed the Cavs dynasty : D

  • hawks
    hawks 8 days ago

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

  • C9_Revelator
    C9_Revelator 9 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
    evexlyn 9 days ago

    This was so well done

  • Noobmaster
    Noobmaster 11 days ago

    Damn you actually did it

  • Dre Bean
    Dre Bean 11 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
    Otterly_James 11 days ago

    J.R. Smith is the 🐐

  • Dirt McGert313
    Dirt McGert313 11 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 11 days ago

    I love this moment in history 😁😁😁

  • Richey Buckets
    Richey Buckets 13 days ago

    Tyron Lue should have called a timeout

  • Beast Vids
    Beast Vids 13 days ago

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

  • Mike Barnes
    Mike Barnes 13 days ago

    A little too much of a rewind there bud

  • Totyanna Wilson
    Totyanna Wilson 14 days ago +3

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

  • countof3everybodyOD
    countof3everybodyOD 14 days ago +1

    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 15 days ago +3

    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 15 days ago

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

  • Maxim o
    Maxim o 15 days ago +1

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

  • Strange Brew
    Strange Brew 15 days ago +1

    sometimes our minds go blank

  • Blake Steenrod
    Blake Steenrod 16 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 17 days ago

    What the Knicks were in the playoffs at one point

  • Tigzirou
    Tigzirou 17 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 18 days ago

    My guy really walked off the court to say hello 🤣

  • Lazuardi Firdaus
    Lazuardi Firdaus 18 days ago +1

    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 18 days ago +1

    "Most beautiful display of defense ever" Lol! It was the only time LeBron played defense.

    • Lucas Lonchampt
      Lucas Lonchampt 18 days ago

      For how long have you been watching basketball?

  • Juggalo Guy
    Juggalo Guy 19 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
      Nolan 18 days ago +1

      He could have shot and scored to take the lead but he ran back with it forcing the game to overtime where cleveland lost.

  • EvilBrainFormOuterspace

    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 21 day ago +2

    Lakers looking for J. R. 😂

  • Austin Gibbins2740
    Austin Gibbins2740 23 days ago

    Tayshaun prince block on reggie Miller was best block

  • Kris Guru
    Kris Guru 23 days ago

    Who’s watching this a year after it happened?

  • belichuckk
    belichuckk 24 days ago

    Can you make one About the Knicks

  • Rico Thomas
    Rico Thomas 24 days ago

    LMAOOOOO highlights of jr tom foolery

  • crossthewater2002
    crossthewater2002 24 days ago

    Ok Definitely a super stupid play by JR, but don’t make it sound like Cav really got a chance to win the series!

  • Judy Chen
    Judy Chen 24 days ago +1

    11:32 he should’ve scored

  • Judy Chen
    Judy Chen 24 days ago +1


  • Just Your Everyday Pig

    Jr the type to fill his Gatorade bottle with henny

  • Justin Watt
    Justin Watt 25 days ago

    Video is way too damn long

  • rayy gun
    rayy gun 26 days ago +86

    This video is like me trying to reach the word limit of my essay

    • Russel Jao
      Russel Jao 3 days ago

      That George Hill bit was enough for me to dislike the vid

    • Monk Killedababy
      Monk Killedababy 13 days ago +2

      Lol the whole rewinding thing? Cuz you just run out of current stuff to say, so you start giving history about the topic. Lol, yep.

  • Joseph Brackman
    Joseph Brackman 27 days ago

    we need a LeBlock rewinder

  • qihao liang
    qihao liang 28 days ago +5

    That LeBron James reaction is in record book