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by: Esteban On  Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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The Cleveland Cavaliers may have the second best record in the NBA, but they sure played like garbage during Tuesday night’s 118-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. And no single play epitomizes their performance better than this embarrassing defensive lapse by J.R. Smith late in the second quarter.

With 3:03 left in the first half, Kyrie Irving drained a three-pointer to pull the Cavs within one point of the Bucks at 51-50. After that the Bucks called a time out, and during that time out J.R. Smith wandered over to the Bucks bench to say hello to his buddy Jason Terry.

Unfortunately, while he was paying his respects, Smith was not paying attention to anything going on behind him. So he did not notice that play had resumed, and that the Bucks were bringing the ball down the court, and that Tony Snell was standing all by himself in the corner with nobody guarding him, just waiting to score the easiest two points of his NBA career.

Take a look:

You may recall that Smith became a free agent after the Cavs won the NBA championship, and he held out all summer until the Cavaliers finally agreed to pay him $14.25 million per year for the next four years.

So what did the $14.25 million shooting guard have to say for himself after the game?

He said “I wasn’t even paying attention” and “I didn’t even know I was in the game.”

Sure looks and sound like J.R. got his ring and his money and now he’s content to just take it easy. I bet LeBron is loving this.

Hat Tip – [Cleveland.com]



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