J.R. Smith claimed he thought the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to call timeout after he grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw by George Hill in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter.
"It was a tie ballgame and we had a timeout," Smith said. "I tried to get enough space because, obviously, KD [Kevin Durant] was standing right there. I tried to get enough space to bring it out to maybe get a shot off. And then I looked over at Bron [LeBron James] and he looked like he was trying to call a timeout. So I stopped. And then the game was over."
After time expired, Smith, with his shoulders shrugged, appeared to tell James, "I thought we were ahead" in a video replay shown during the ABC broadcast of the game.
"No, I knew we were tied," Smith said. "It's just I thought we were going to take a timeout because I got the rebound. I'm pretty sure everybody didn't think I was going to shoot it over KD right there. ... I mean, I saw KD standing right next to me. He already had, what, four blocks? So I wasn't trying to be the fifth."
JR Smith thought the Cavs were in the lead!! pic.twitter.com/5NkzVB5G80— RealGM (@RealGM) June 1, 2018