JR Smith has had a couple of days to collect himself and gather his pair of thoughts and re-group as the Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to topple the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Unfortunately for him, Warriors fans aren’t about to forget his monumental Game 1 brain-fade anytime soon.
If you somehow missed it, JR Smith managed to pull off one of the all-time greatest boneheaded plays in NBA Finals history in Game 1, after fielding an offensive rebound and scooting for half court in the dying seconds of regulation, looking to preserve a Cleveland lead as the clock ran out.
The only problem being that Cleveland were very much not in front at the time, and the game then went to overtime, where the Cavs were bodied into dust after the Warriors decided to put four players on LeBron James, who is the attempting to beat Golden State virtually by himself this series.
Even more incredibly, footage captured immediately after the incident sees Smith mouthing the words “I thought we were ahead” to an incenses James. Meaning that JR Smith, professional athlete, in a crucial end-game scenario, somehow forgot what the score was.
As you’d expect the incident was meme’d to within an inch of its life, and poor JR copped a roasting of Sunday dinner proportions. But Warriors fans were not done there.
With Smith approaching the free throw line midway through the first quarter, the packed house at Oracle Arena decided to heap more shit on old mate by cannoning down some choice “MVP” chants at Game 1’s unanimous spud.
And to make matters worse, he missed the shot.
The crowd trolls JR Smith with an “MVP” chant, and it works.
JR Smith is receiving MVP chants in Oakland. pic.twitter.com/M6y4VXwxPi— ESPN (@espn) June 4, 2018
Warriors fans chanting MVP at JR Smith is quite possibly the single greatest display of shit talking by a fan base— Jordie ???? (@BarstoolJordie) June 4, 2018
Warriors fans chanting "MVP" while JR Smith is at the free throw line is the definition of RUTHLESS— Best NBA Matchups (@NBABestMatchups) June 4, 2018
The MVP chant for JR Smith is a top five rude moment in NBA history ????— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) June 4, 2018
WARRIORS FANS CHANTED ‘MVP’ for JR SMITH DURING FREE THROWS AND HE MISSED. LMAOOOOO— RJ (@RLakers16) June 4, 2018
Warriors fans chanting MVP while JR smith shoots freethrows… pic.twitter.com/9tl7OlDV7b— Danielle Rodriguez (@doubledee_22) June 4, 2018
WARRIORS FANS ARE CHANTING MVP TO JR SMITH LMAOOOOOOOOOO— ????????Joey Kinsley???????? (@SirYacht) June 4, 2018
The MVP chant for JR Smith when he’s at the free throw line might be the greatest fuck you chant of all time ????????— Tavern WI Sports (@TavernWISports) June 4, 2018
For what it’s worth, the Warriors are steamrolling their way through Game 2, en route to what looks likely to be a fairly hefty win (author’s note: I fully reserve the right to edit this line out of existence should something outrageous happen).