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Friday Morning Rapid Fire: What the Hell, JR?

Last night JR Smith became the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Bill Buckner.

Starting the series as the overwhelming underdogs, the Cavs came out and punched Golden State in the face.  Every time the Warriors made a run, LeBron, Kevin Love and Co. responded.  A back-and-forth affair, the lead never grew to more than seven.  Entering the final minute, it was LeBron’s time to finish the Warriors.

Then, JR Smith happened.

George Hill went to the free throw line down one with 4.7 seconds left.  After hitting the first one, Hill missed the second.  What happened next is the dumbest play in NBA Finals history.

After LeBron looked at Smith in disgust, he mouthed, “I thought we were ahead.”  When the final overtime horn sounded, they weren’t.  Smith had a different explanation for his dumbassery after the game.

LeBron left the podium when he was continually peppered with the question, and I can’t blame him.

None of it makes any sense at all.  All he had to do is finish a four-foot put-back.  Instead of forcing the Warriors into a corner, the Cavs will likely get swept and the nation will be robbed of at least a week of basketball.

It shouldn’t have mattered — Because the NBA has the dumbest rule in sports.  You can overturn a block/charge, and that’s one of the many ways the Cavs got hosed by officials in the final minute of Game One.

LeBron followed up an And One by taking a charge on a driving Durant to force a turnover.  A bang-bang play, they reviewed the call to see if James was outside of the restricted area.  Answering that objective question via replay makes sense.  Then, they slowed it down and overturned the charge, a subjective call, because he was moving.  Of course he was moving; if you slow down any charge, the person will be slightly moving.  It was a bang-bang judgment call, one that should never, under any circumstances, be reviewed, and somehow this got overturned in the final minute of an NBA Finals game.

Climb Aboard the Muss Bus — As Nevada is consistently named a preseason top ten team, the Wolfpack’s head coach joined The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast.  Even if you don’t care about one of the country’s best teams, Eric Musselman shares a few stories from his time coaching minor league basketball that will make everyone laugh.

Cats Lose a Commit — In a move that will make you sigh, Shawnkel Knight-Goff from Louisville Doss reopened his recruitment less than two weeks after he originally committed to Kentucky.  In a statement on Twitter, he said he wants to take his time before making a final decision.  Regardless, the committing and de-committing has worn out the BBN before peak football recruiting season.

Football Game Times Announced — And they’re ideal for tailgaters.

  • Week One: Central Michigan at 3:30 at Kroger Field on ESPNU
  • Week Two: Florida at 7:30 at The Swamp on SEC Network
  • Week Three: Murray State at Noon at Kroger Field on SEC Network Alternate

Kick it with Austin MacGinnis — UK’s all-time leading scorer will help football and soccer players alike.


Casey to the Pistons — The former Kentucky National Champion and Toronto Raptors head coach reportedly met with the Detroit Pistons yesterday.  A team that hasn’t done anything in a decade, they’ll look dumber than JR if they don’t hire Casey.

KSR is in Pikeville — Stop two of the KSR Summer Tour is at the Sleep Outfitters in Pikeville.  Don’t miss it.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

26 Comments for Friday Morning Rapid Fire: What the Hell, JR?

  1. mothandras
    9:06 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

    NBA is obviously rigged.. they want the home teams to win and force a game 7 for ratings.

    • 2thepoint
      9:33 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

      I love the NBA because of the athletes, but the refs seem to rig games. The final 3 minutes of last nights games showed how much they wanted GS to win. Greene should have been called for taunting more than once during the final minute.

    • 4everUKblue
      9:59 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

      I agree the games are rigged. No one got a worse deal than the Pelicans if you watched any of those games, the difference in what was called and not called depending on which team you were on was ridiculous.

    • And as someone below said, they wouldn’t give Lebron a timeout.

  2. Wade
    9:26 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

    How n gods green earth do you not go right back up and look for a foul or tip in… smh Lebron wants to kill that guy

    • ClutchCargo
      9:33 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Even if he thought they had the lead, why not put it back up and extend the lead? Just dumb all around.

    • Ez21
      9:45 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Bc if u miss or get blocked u give GS the ball w a chance to win. If they have the lead they shouldn’t go back up w it.

  3. unbridled
    9:33 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t think JR Smith didn’t know the score….I think he forgot that he was on offense and he was starting the fast break.

    • 2thepoint
      9:35 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

      I think he panicked.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:35 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Lebron might have literally killed him right after he threw down the game losing dunk. LOL

  4. 2thepoint
    9:36 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Then that tall ref wouldn’t give Lebron a timeout.

  5. Vanderblue
    9:41 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

    JR was an idiot but how is Hill not getting his just due for missing that free throw in the first place? And how is Tyron Lue not getting roasted for not immediately calling a TO when he sees JR running out? This disaster could have been mitigated.

  6. runningunnin.454
    9:53 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe Smith didn’t think he could get the shot up over Durant?
    Whatever he thought, have to feel bad for him.

  7. 4everUKblue
    9:59 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Absolutely RIGGED!

  8. No way Nick. No way the Pistons could look dumber than JR. I agree with RG though. I do feel bad for the guy. He’ll always be remembered for that.

  9. GM1978
    10:32 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

    This sequence is getting SO much coverage, but the replay reversal on the Durant charge call was the game-changer…..

  10. maxblackanvil
    11:50 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Man, the NBA is so obviously controlled, corrupt, and manipulated by the 3 referees. It’s almost unwatchable. How you can look at a replay and see something that isn’t there at all and confirm it in front of a partisan crowd is unbelievable. LeBron and Steph get whistles not available to other players. Superstars are given special treatment. It’s disgusting.

  11. Catsfan1715
    11:59 am June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Watching that game I just felt so bad for LJ. He had the game won-nearly by himself and then the 3-4 calls in the final 4 minutes take it away from him. Yes, JR should’ve called timeout, he should know better. But they shouldn’t have even needed that to win. The replay I saw showed Durant lowering his shoulder slightly so I could care less about a “legal guarding position” even though he was definitely in one. Here I thought nba officials didn’t determine ball games-only college officials. I’m not gonna say it was rigged, but as an official you have to stop deciding games. They imposed their will on the game, literally. They overturned a subjective call (takes definitive evidence) and there was nothing definitive about that play other than he wasn’t in the halo. We are witnessing the best player in the world ascend even further and he deserved that game. Sad night for basketball fans.

    • 4everUKblue
      12:52 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t feel bad for Lebron, the year he won at Cleveland against the warriors was so obviously rigged. That’s the only way Cavs won that series.

    • Catsfan1715
      2:53 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t recall anything as bad as this. Bad calls are one thing. But when you go out of your way (reach) to reverse a subjective call and almost purposely affect the game. That’s bad.

  12. makeitstop
    1:03 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    I tried; I can’t think of a dumber play in professional sports. We’ve had a few head scratchers on the football field, uncovered receivers come to mind, and there’s Marty Moore’s interception “runback” w a few ticks left against Clemson in the Peach Bowl that cost us a game when just taking a knee would’ve won…. but those were kids, and this is a 15 year pro in the NBA Finals and all he needed to know was the score of the game he was playing in. Wow.

  13. jaws2
    4:03 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Who the hell in their RIGHT MIND thinks noon is a great start time for tailgating? SERIOUSLY?!!!!!!!!! You should be fired for even thinking this let alone writing it!