Game 1 of the Warriors and Cavaliers Finals was entirely bonkers, and a lot of blame is going on J.R. Smith. The Cavs guard grabbed an offensive rebound with less than five seconds to go in front of the Warriors’ basket with the score tied, and he decided not to shoot. Then he pulled the ball out and killed the clock accidentally, or on purpose depending on who you ask.
After the game, coach Ty Lue said that Smith, “Thought it was over.”
But Smith claims, “I was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off,” according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “I knew we were tied, I thought we were going to call timeout. If I thought we were ahead, I’d have held onto the ball and let them foul me.”
Either way, this moment became tremendous content. A screencap of an angry, infuriated LeBron James went viral.
Here’s the original picture:
And here’s the devastation our beautiful Twitter app caused.
“ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS HAND THE BALL TO MARSHAWN LYNCH” pic.twitter.com/Q2QiFOboNx— Jackie Bamberger (@jackie_bam) June 1, 2018
"This meeting could have been done in one email!" pic.twitter.com/GhkZufTaTT— Jay Rigdon (@jayrigdon5) June 1, 2018
When my dog keeps stopping during his walk to sniff an empty patch of sidewalk for 30 seconds pic.twitter.com/YfdTjelWx5— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) June 1, 2018
Dog memes were popular.
“The score! The Score! I bid thee, see the score!— NBA Shakespeare (@TheBasketbard) June 1, 2018
Woe unto thee, erroneous Earl of Pipe!
For vict’ry stood within our royal grip!
A tragic error hath kill’d all of our hope!
Thou hast placed a pox upon our village!
My tears are not enough to mend my heart.” pic.twitter.com/twAtk66qzk
SHAKESPEARE LEBRON MEME.
WHY ARE THE LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIES 40 HOURS LONG?!? THE HOBBITS COULD HAVE JUST TAKEN THAT BIRD THING TO MORDOR pic.twitter.com/2XKZ3uyDHK— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) June 1, 2018
HAHAHA— Ok I did this one.
I’m sitting here periodically giggling thinking about JR Smith in significant moments of history. Like, “You remembered to lock down the book depository, right JR?”— Donny Bridges (@DonnyBridges) June 1, 2018
Memes on memes!
When someone on a tiny house show says they want "space to entertain" pic.twitter.com/PBAjGfPeDD— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) June 1, 2018
Sorry Cleveland fans, but Twitter won.