J.R. Smith’s inexplicable decision to dribble away from the basket in a tie game after securing an offensive rebound in the closing seconds of regulation has drawn scrutiny and mockery from many.
“I thought we were ahead.” - JR Smith pic.twitter.com/OjCt4VMCEj— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) June 1, 2018
Poor Lebron. I mean goddamn. He needs some teammates that can read a scoreboard.— roxane gay (@rgay) June 1, 2018
But Heat center Kelly Olynyk, who is currently at the NBA Academy in India, said that forgetting the score is not as unusual as fans might seem to think. The following is an excerpt from an article by Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post.
“I feel like I’ve forgotten the score before,” he said. “You’re down one and you think you’re up one. Then you realize it and it’s too late. That happens all the time. It’s human. Everybody is a human.”
Besides, remember when Dwyane Wade made that game-winner over Ben Simmons a few months ago, Feb. 27? Wade had the ball down one, but it was only after he committed a perplexing intentional foul on Ben Simmons with the score tied at 100.
Wade committed the foul after some miscommunication among him, Goran Dragic and Erik Spoelstra. Simmons, a 59 percent free-throw shooter, made one of his two foul shots. Wade’s subsequent jumper won the game in overtime.
The difference, of course, is that Wade redeemed himself for the intentional foul with the jumper. The Golden State Warriors dominated the overtime period against the Cleveland Cavaliers, going up 1-0 in the series despite 51 points from LeBron James. And it’s one thing to have some miscommunication with your coach in the final moments of a regular season game. To not know the score in a crucial moment of the NBA Finals? Inexcusable.