NBA: Who is JR Smith? And did his error cost the Cavs Game 1 of the finals?

Despite this error, LeBron James put up 51 points but was helpless to prevent the Cleveland Cavaliers losing to the Golden State Warriors in a dramatic 124-114 defeat.

Things could have been all so different, however, if James’ teammate JR Smith had not made a catastrophic error in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

With just 4.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Cleveland trailed the Golden State Warriors 107-106 as George Hill went to the free-throw line.

Hill netted his first but missed the second free throw, with guard JR Smith quickly grabbing an offensive rebound.

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However instead of going right up with a shot, he went back to the perimeter.

With 2.2 seconds remaining, James changed position, expecting to receive a pass from Smith out beyond the arc.

He pointed his arm towards the basket and gestured to Smith to make an offensive move back towards the hoop.

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