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J.R. Smith might not have led the Cleveland Cavaliers in scoring Wednesday night; LeBron James dropped 31 as the Cavs beat the Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Eastern Conference finals Game 1.
Naturally, a lot of people watching at home -- some of them who have an equally indiscriminate approach to shooting -- loved it:
JR hoopin— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) May 21, 2015
JR Swishhhhhhhhh=%=%— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) May 21, 2015
JR =@— Trey Burke (@TreyBurke) May 21, 2015
Swish on 1 rt now— Baron Davis (@Baron_Davis) May 21, 2015
Damn JR...... This man is on fire!!!!!!!!!— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) May 21, 2015
JR SMITH unconscious from 3!! =%=%=%=%— Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) May 21, 2015
JR Smith in full blackout mode right now— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) May 21, 2015
JR Smith shootin like the coach put in a cheat code =— Waka Flocka Flame (@WakaFlockabsm) May 21, 2015
JR SMITH NO JABRONI BUBBA— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 21, 2015
Not everyone liked it, though.
JR Smith is hogging the =%— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) May 21, 2015
Game 2 of the J.R. Smith Experience (and rest of the Eastern Conference finals) is Friday.
Game 7 drama for NBA playoffs
The first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs have been unpredictable and exciting. So it's fitting that five of the eight opening series will come down to the ultimate sports drama this weekend: a win-or-go-home Game 7. On Saturday, the Pacers, Thunder and Clippers all advanced to the conference semifinals. Still ahead on Sunday: the Spurs will both be looking to stave off an unexpected early exit at the hands of the Mavericks, whle fhe Nets and Raptors play for the right to face the Heat in the next round.
NBA mulls expanding replay
The Pacers wouldn't necessarily have won on Thursday night if Jeff Teague's 3-pointer had been disallowed due to his stepping out of bounds, but it certainly couldn't have hurt. Referees were unable to overturn their original call, however, as the play's not on the list of what can be overturned under review. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that call, and one in which a foul on Chris Paul was missed, might end up being reviewable if and when the NBA expands its replay rules.
Your NBA playoff predictions?
The NBA playoffs are underway, and they're even more competitive than expected. Which teams will go on to win their first-round series? Cast your votes below!
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