The Cleveland Cavaliers were not ahead when they got a rebound against the Golden State Warriors with 4.5 seconds to go.
Too bad JR Smith didn’t know that.
As time wound down in regulation in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals on Thursday, it was up to George Hill to give the Cavaliers a lead with two free throws and several seconds left in the game.
Hill only hit one of two, missing the second. Miraculously, Cleveland wound up with the rebound on the miss. The ball found its way to Smith, who held the ball near the far sideline without knowing the Cavaliers didn’t have the lead.
Time expired, forcing overtime.
“He thought we were up one,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said of Smith after the game. Smith was selling something different.