Despite scoring 51 points—his NBA finals career high—LeBron James didn’t bring the Cleveland Cavaliers a series-opening win after a 124-114 overtime defeat to the Golden State Warriors.
The Cavs could have killed the game in regular time, except for a mind-boggling decision from its guard J.R. Smith. With 4.7 seconds on the clock, Smith grabbed an offensive rebound after his teammate George Hill missed a free throw that would have broken a 107-107 tie. But apparently losing track of the score, Smith inexplicably dribbled the ball away to run out the clock, rather than shooting or passing it or calling a timeout.
Smith’s mistake—perhaps one of the most bizarre moments in finals history—led to a viral photo of James yelling at Smith and throwing his hands up in the direction of the basket:
Caption this pic.twitter.com/3xsNvea42P
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) June 1, 2018
It has sparked a caption contest and tons of memes on Twitter. Here’re some of the best:
It was this moment when LeBron realized he should've traded JR Smith 😂 pic.twitter.com/jHIjGs1zXV
— All Black Media (@Allblackmedia) June 1, 2018
You had one job
— Adeeb Mallah💡 (@BEEDA_Studios) June 1, 2018
When, despite telling someone to educate themselves *before* buying crypto, they do it anyway & promptly make a mistake. https://t.co/PVTLPidFN9
— Leigh Cuen (@La__Cuen) June 1, 2018
— Michael Swander (@MichaelSwander) June 1, 2018
— Houston Brickyard 📍 (@InDieRoq) June 1, 2018
If LeBron is Thor then JR is literally Star Lord……….
— Firelord Mike 🔥⚡️ (@senor_sick) June 1, 2018
In China, the NBA’s biggest overseas market, Smith is dubbed “Psychotic Blade” for his unpredictability and inconsistency. Chinese internet users took the chance to drive home that point: