After a blunder that cost the Cleveland Cavaliers the win in the first NBA Finals match against Golden State Warriors, J.R. Smith sensationally looked to pass the blame to star man LeBron James.
With seconds remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter and the game tied at 107-107, Smith rose to win the rebound after a missed free-throw from George Hill.
But instead of looking to settle the game under pressure from Warriors' Kevin Durant, Smith ran in the opposite direction much to the dismay of his team-mates, with observers suggesting he told LeBron he assumed Cleveland were ahead.
LeBron James was furious with team-mate J.R. Smith after he failed to shoot with a tied gameiPhone transfer software
James urged his team-mate up court after Smith appeared to be running down the clock
But speaking to reporters after the loss, Smith appeared to blame LeBron for a missed time-out
'I knew we were tied I just thought we were going to call a time-out because I got the rebound,' Smith told reporters post match.
'I'm pretty sure nobody thought I was going to shoot over KD (Kevin Durant) right there.
'We had a time-out and I was trying to get enough space. I was trying to bring it out to maybe get a shot off and I looked over at LeBron (James) and it looked like he was trying to call a time-out so I just stopped. Then the game was over.'
With seconds to go, Smith