J.R. Smith\'s NBA Finals blunder deserves a deep rewind | Warriors vs Cavaliers 2018

The Cavaliers and Warriors battled in the NBA Finals four consecutive years. LeBron James versus Steph Curry and the Warriors just became an expected matchup to end the season. But the last Finals series between these two teams wasn't quite as close as we had come to expect and it left a sour taste in the mouths of Cavs fans. It all started with a Game one slugfest, ending in one of the many mistakes made by wild card two guard, J.R. Smith.
Written and produced by Mike Imhoff
Directed by Ryan Simmons
Edited by Joe Ali and Ryan Simmons
Subscribe: goo.gl/Nbabae
Check out our full video catalog: goo.gl/9pMHRV
Visit our playlists: goo.gl/NvpZFF
Like SB Nation on Facebook: goo.gl/Pzcs7O
Follow on Twitter: goo.gl/5LI02D
Follow on Instagram: goo.gl/aY2FFK
Explore SB Nation: www.sbnation.com


  • Print dabeast

    Print dabeast

    30 minutes ago

    Still don’t realize yaw had a OVERTIME BUT COULDNT CAPTALIZE

  • Nabil The K

    Nabil The K

    8 hours ago

    Too much bs

  • Vaughn Pedroso

    Vaughn Pedroso

    10 hours ago

    he just can't drop the henny

  • Zach


    14 hours ago

    It’s just proof that you don't need a brain to play basketball; talent is enough.

  • Caleb


    17 hours ago

    Why didnt someone else call a timeout when he got the rebound?

  • Ray


    18 hours ago

    JR is the type of guy to drink weed and smoke hennessy

  • Victor Castillo

    Victor Castillo

    19 hours ago

    Wow😂 the time Jr had to hold the ball, he shot it. The time JR had to shoot the ball, he held it.

  • Marz_00 •

    Marz_00 •

    20 hours ago

    Jesus this hurts just watching this 😔

  • johgus96


    20 hours ago

    That rewind was soooooo unnecessary...

  • 420FISHERMAN 420

    420FISHERMAN 420

    Day ago

    Cavs should have won the first year the warriors won. They got lucky we lost love and Kyrie and still took it to a game 6 with our 2nd and 3rd best players being maybe delevadova and timofay mosgov

  • Troy Stephens

    Troy Stephens

    Day ago

    Hahahaha the look on LBJ face is priceless, but yea J.r has always been dimwitted

  • Green Devil Runner

    Green Devil Runner

    Day ago

    To me if steph won in 2016 he's career would be solid great and would own the greatest season ever

  • Moises Rosario

    Moises Rosario

    Day ago

    wow i didnt know that one vs indiana

  • Happy Dragonling

    Happy Dragonling

    Day ago

    This video sux...this is supposed to be a JR blunder but hell..they only showed the blunder for less than a minute on a 12 min video with so many unnecessary explaining of shits...

  • Andrew Sundberg

    Andrew Sundberg

    Day ago

    The warriors are one of the greatest tragedies in sports history...... they’ve legitimately ruined a great league and a fun sport to watch..... they’ve completely ruined it, the nba is unwatchable

  • Big Dee

    Big Dee

    Day ago

    jr is gsw mvp

  • 幻の花96


    Day ago

    He has 4 arms??? 9:19

  • bandman xxl

    bandman xxl

    Day ago

    It wouldn't never happen if he didnt miss the free threw

  • Andrew Garcia

    Andrew Garcia

    Day ago

    Everyone just kinda forgot George hill missed that free throw 😂

  • Birds Gaming with friends

    Birds Gaming with friends

    Day ago

    Do Kwahi Leanord's Game 7 Buzzer Beater vs the sixers

  • DR SaltÝ

    DR SaltÝ

    Day ago

    Hey watch ur language

  • hy hy

    hy hy

    Day ago

    Why the creepy music

  • Phoenix Steel

    Phoenix Steel

    Day ago

    Let's not tell half truths about the Cavs championship win. Games 4 and 5 were borderline 2002-WCF-Game-6-Tim-Donaghy laughable on the officiating side, and the stuff that got Draymond Green suspended was the same stuff Kobe, Shaq, Westbrook, and Harden had gotten away with for years. All things being equal, called down the middle, Warriors in 5.

  • Melvin Haynes

    Melvin Haynes

    Day ago

    Everyone what's to blame Jr Smith what about the so call king LeBron he didn't know they had one timeout left

  • HeirRose1


    Day ago

    Where was LeBron on that FT? Why was LeBron not lined up next to KD in case of a miss when "it all hangs in the balance" LeBron is literally out of the picture, can't even see him. Just Stood & Watched like when Kyrie won him that Ring vs the warriors. Michael Jordan used to dunk free throw misses but LeBron can't handle pressure enough to fight KD for a rebound, stands way back out of the play because he's too nervous, and then he whines & cries about it to JR like a BIOTCH when he knows JR just went JR. Who was more stupid on that play? LEBRON

  • SkibopDaSequel


    Day ago

    This was a great video... I felt so bad for Lebron in the finals... I was glad he left the Cavs

  • KE TV

    KE TV

    Day ago

    It doesn’t even matter they stil would’ve lost the series

  • ApparentlyEric


    Day ago

    Did anyone else lose it after the behind the back pass? 😂😂😂

  • You don’t even own a suit!

    You don’t even own a suit!

    Day ago

    Video would be a lot cooler if you took your lips off Lebron’s peehole.

  • Cassius Felix

    Cassius Felix

    Day ago

    JR single handily ruin LBJ legacy. If the Cavs would of won then LBJ would be known world wide as the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball.

  • JackmoveJohnny


    Day ago

    Moral of this video, JR has a horrible basketball IQ

  • RonHeadstrong


    Day ago

    well, hill missed the last free throw, but There's a lane violation by Draymond. Should've called that.

  • Chris Tifflin

    Chris Tifflin

    2 days ago

    The All blacks 2011 rugby world cup win deserves a deep rewind

  • Chris Tifflin

    Chris Tifflin

    2 days ago

    Give us some fight rewinds. They have had greater universal consequence than one would expect. Eg, Ali vs Foreman, Ali vs Liston, Conor vs Aldo, Ronda vs Holms, No Mas (Leonard vs Duran 2) or Tyson vs Buster Douglas, etc...

  • Chester Ratilla

    Chester Ratilla

    Day ago


  • Chase Maldonado

    Chase Maldonado

    2 days ago

    You see what lebron had to deal with 😂 and he still dragged these clowns to the finals lol

  • Asmosis Jones

    Asmosis Jones

    Day ago

    yeah its sad that hill was his 3rd best scorer at 9.2 ppg in the playoffs over 22 games by the way so some of that is in garbage time and the .2 is cause love missed a few playoff games so he got those shots instead raising his point total...hill was basically at 9 ppg and was the cavs 3rd best scorer...pretty sad....love was at 15 but he shot 38%...just terrible man....if you remember lbj almost won game 1 and 3 and thats without kyrie d rose or a d wade on his team and instead had clarkson hood and nance jr instead never forget lol ..like imagine how different things could of been had the cavs not traded kyrie kept him for last season since he was under contract anyways last year and this so he had no leverage and then traded him this deadline in 2019 which after a 2nd title in 3 years maybe he wouldn't of wanted anyways and kept d wade and d rose...smdh...it kinda makes me mad that they didnt try to keep d wade and rose and crawder anyways for the playoff run last year cause had they kept them they may have won a title anyways or gone to 7 games without kyrie who got hurt last year anyways so he wouldn't of been much use if he got hurt and was out like he was compared to d wade rose and crawder ...they chose hood over all 3 of them cause hood couldn't come unless wade and his salary was traded for nothing which they allowed and rose and crawder for hood was just a mistake..flat out anyways..smdh….hood was atrocious and while I dont like nance jr. or clarkson they would of worked better off d wade and crawder as bench players rather than frye and thomas so that was a good move anyways as was shump for hill no brainer...they had peak lebron and they wasted him...looking back they panicked and traded for bums...in fact the thomas trade cost them lebron cause it freed up cap space in la..ironic enough...the cavs are idiots and dug their own grave..now they sleep in it...

  • Heysus Christo

    Heysus Christo

    2 days ago

    One of dumbest mistakes in HUMAN history. Period.

  • Logan McIntyre

    Logan McIntyre

    2 days ago

    Lane Violation on Draymond.

  • AcePhoenix007


    2 days ago

    Goddamn, Monta Ellis... haven't heard that name in a long time

  • Ronald Doctor

    Ronald Doctor

    2 days ago

    James is Overrated and its Fans. What a 'Snake in the Grass, plauer

  • ThisIsTheEndPt2


    2 days ago

    2:45 - GOALTENDING. James hit the rim with his left hand. Igoudala should've been awarded the points and Warriors should've won the finals.

  • All_That_Chaz


    2 days ago

    You guys should do a Rewinder on the Philly Special in Super Bowl LII. It's the story of a city still reeling from falling at the doorstep of greatness. They suffered three consecutive NFC Championship losses - against the greatest show on turf, and horrendous choke jobs against Jon Gruden's Bucs and then the Panthers. Those last two really stung, as the Birds seemed to be the team to beat in the NFL and they just kept letting their fans down at home in the NFC Championship. In a fourth consecutive trip, they managed to beat a young Michael Vick, a player who would at the time draw comparisons to McNabb, and later prove to be on a whole other level. This was the team that took the next step and signed Terrell Owens to finally give Donovan the weapon he's always needed (poor Todd Pinkston). Through Owens antics and his injury, they made it to the Super Bowl, where Owens would return and somehow play incredibly against Belichick's defense. Philly's biggest star was playing through illness too. Those factors along with classic Andy Reid clock management sealed the deal. It's a story of how the national media's depiction of the Philadelphia fans made it easy for football fans to enjoy the schadenfreude of watching Philadelphia turn their ringless despair on their longtime coach, Andy Reid. If coach Reid got one of those three big opportunities to get a ring, he might still be in Philly and none of the heroics in Super Bowl LII ever happen. It's the story of how that team broke down and got rid of first Reid, and then GM Howie Roseman, to appease their new coach Chip Kelly. Kelly would remind Philly how good they had it as they watched Kelly get rid of their best players for nutjobs like Kiko Alonso (side story: despite having taken numerous huge hits in his career, if you google "who hit Joe Flacco?" it shows you Kiko Alonso). Philly would dump the Kelly experiment and quickly hire a security blanket former backup quarterback and former Reid protege, Doug Pederson. Roseman, looking to make a splash in his return to a big role, made the move to get Carson Wentz in the draft, and later brought back Philly success story but St. Louis Rams failure, Nick Foles. Nick Foles replaced Michael Vick (coming full circle for him in his career after losing to the Eagles and subsequently going through his own issues off the field). Foles was one of the few success stories in the Chip Kelly years, surprising people in his performance taking over for the superstar. And he was here to back up our new phenom who was having a league MVP season in 2017 before getting hurt in a game over the Rams that decisively put them in the driver's seat in the NFC. Nobody expected this team to be here, and destiny was showing us the doorstep (it was also injuring a lot of stars across the league). And now it looked like the whole world was going to enjoy watching Philly fall flat in the playoffs again. They were the first 1 seed to ever be the underdog against a 6 seed. Nobody gave them a shot in the NFC championship against the team that just Minneapolis Miracle'd the Saints who had the incentive of playing the Super Bowl at home to play for (which also gave the national media reason to root for them). And against all the odds, the team was here in the Super Bowl with Nick Foles before half time. And they whip this out to show that this was a whole new era. This team was going to make its mark, and it starts now. They would go on to win the most entertaining Super Bowl in history (in my biased opinion) and beat the team who sent them into a spiral 14 years ago. Incredible. Then the city would prove the national media right by collectively singing profanities on live television being led by Jason Kelce in a mummer suit. I love Philadelphia.

  • GuyGamer217


    2 days ago

    I don’t think the subtitle-makers knew how to spell the number “one.”

  • wesley priddy

    wesley priddy

    2 days ago

    That push in the back on durant, tho. It should never have been an issue, because it should have been a foul on smith.

  • Glitter


    2 days ago

    0:38 The Cavaliers player pushed the Warriors player in the back.

  • Political Salad

    Political Salad

    2 days ago

    Didn't see a comment about how over-exaggerated this was to the overall outcome...but yeah...it all came down to this one error?

  • Jean Salomon

    Jean Salomon

    2 days ago

    Hennething's possible!

  • Cristian medina

    Cristian medina

    2 days ago

    Do a rewinder on MLB 2011 game 162

  • slim 2 none

    slim 2 none

    2 days ago

    Correctio-GSW are the best "regular season" team. The Bulls went 72-10 and won the chip so they wld be 6he best.

  • Tejas Iyer

    Tejas Iyer

    2 days ago

    Rewinder: The Kawhi Shot in Game 7 ECS vs Philly



    2 days ago

    If LBJ was so great, the game shouldn't have been that close. If GHill had clutch in his veins, he wouldn't have missed that second free throw. But yeah, blame it on JR. That's what certain people do.

  • LT1S14


    2 days ago

    This is way outside your wheelhouse, but Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen's 0.028 finish at Arlington NEEDS a rewind. The race was this year but the story goes back 4 or 5 years.

  • Nick Jasper

    Nick Jasper

    2 days ago

    More importantly: Rihanna’s choice in men is horrific.

  • witch doctor memes

    witch doctor memes

    3 days ago


  • Spencer Daun

    Spencer Daun

    3 days ago

    The Lebron face in the thumbnail is what sums up his goat debate Whack

  • KJ Stewart

    KJ Stewart

    3 days ago

    @3:00 Gods definition of clutch shooting You are not wrong sir i was gassed when that shot went in

  • suneosatellites


    3 days ago

    Thats the most dissappointed abrupt ending to a nevertheless great build up video. Thumbs down for you.

  • john marcus roces

    john marcus roces

    3 days ago


  • Robin Weber

    Robin Weber

    3 days ago

    If only they'd won that game they could have lost 4 games to 1. So sad

  • Twix


    3 days ago

    Do steven bradbury

  • King Slash

    King Slash

    3 days ago


  • Matthew Savoy

    Matthew Savoy

    3 days ago

    jr smith fu**ed up BUT ..you're not suppose to miss that free throw

  • Kevin Moynihan

    Kevin Moynihan

    3 days ago

    Do Bobby Orr

  • Chase Joslin

    Chase Joslin

    3 days ago


  • TopShelfHeat


    3 days ago

    Wait KD was up 3 to 1 on the warriors

  • Ajha Choudhury

    Ajha Choudhury

    3 days ago

    Jr smith still waiting for game 5 of the finals

  • hullbarrett


    3 days ago

    First of all, George Hill was brought in to SHOW UP for the finals, just like Korver, Smith, and Thompson ... yet NONE of them showed up ... and Ty Lue was too stupid to let Clarkson and Hood put up their 17 points per game. Secondly, Hill MISSED the free throw. Hill shoulda-coulda-woulda ended it right there and then! Thirdly, Draymond Green committed a lane violation, which everyone seems to have missed (especially the NBA's worthless referees) ... #SMH ... freeze it at 0:09 (amongst other places) ... and finally, why didn't Ty Lue call a timeout when Smith grabbed the rebound? Smith is everything you say he is, which is why EVERYONE else should have mitigated the situation.

  • Jason Fresh

    Jason Fresh

    3 days ago

    let's not forget the cavs got a huge stimulant package by the nba when they won 16. to many bronsexuals vibes in this video

  • kumar01234


    3 days ago

    I didn't realize J.R. Smith had a history of a lack of awareness. Please disregard my lack of awareness I'm not being paid $13+ mil a year. You may even say if I was more aware I too would be getting a $13+ mil a year but here we are

  • ParkerPlayz


    3 days ago

    Coming 2020: Kawhi's Conference Semifinal Game 7 Game Winner deserves a deep rewind

  • Sole Magus

    Sole Magus

    3 days ago

    Heading into overtime......

  • Michael Kantartjis

    Michael Kantartjis

    3 days ago

    Awesome analysis dude, no kidding on the "deep" rewind. JR Smith is on a different planet

  • joseph peters

    joseph peters

    3 days ago

    no one expected these 2 teams 2 b close that year it was LBJ n thats it everyone knew the warriors were going to beat the Cavs if they took game 1 that would of shocked the world in it self

  • Asmosis Jones

    Asmosis Jones

    Day ago

    lebron was motivated to get revenge.....this is why you keep kyrie and d wade..imagine last years finals with them instead of hood clarkson nance jr....the series may have gone the cavs way due to revenge factor..look at bron love and kyries stats in 2017.their insane....jr shot well korvers no scrub so aint tristain ..why didnt they keep the same core with some additions like jeff green g hill and d wade and see what happens?.. .that would of been a real battle...

  • fanelyx CSGO

    fanelyx CSGO

    3 days ago

    So how long we gonna wait for the kawhi shot

  • Sador Rangel

    Sador Rangel

    3 days ago

    11:54 " And J.R. Smith went on to become the greatest basketball player to ever live."

  • Mike Fernandez

    Mike Fernandez

    3 days ago

    JR Smith is a Moron! Thank God Warriors beat the Cavs

  • Chris Tamburin

    Chris Tamburin

    3 days ago

    Do Joe Carter's '93 Walkoff Homerun!

  • Muma khumalo

    Muma khumalo

    3 days ago

    JR was a scapegoat LeBron loves blaming everyone around him, they were never going to beat the Warriors with KD, Curry, Klay and Draymond Green and no one on the Cavs team was certain that they still had timeouts. Mind you Hill took the shot and got blocked and they lost in over time, yet no one mentions Hill.

  • Dinastía Chow Fan

    Dinastía Chow Fan

    3 days ago

    This video is like runinng circles. GO TO THE POINT, BRO.

  • Chamber20


    3 days ago

    Give Love credit for defending Curry's shot in the finals without fouling him.

  • eric brown

    eric brown

    Day ago


  • Dr Phot

    Dr Phot

    3 days ago

    Well... This escalated quickly!

  • Cwasi


    3 days ago

    Smith is retarded when it comes to what is going on but when he has the ball and kinda knows what is going on he is clutch af. Sad to se that he only knows what is going on 10% of the time

  • rebelranger


    3 days ago

    Kawai Leonard's buzzer beater should be the next episode of Rewinder.

  • Joshua Markland

    Joshua Markland

    3 days ago

    They didn’t play the celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals that year

  • Devante Montgomery

    Devante Montgomery

    3 days ago

    Joshua Markland yes they did.

  • Mr. Lan

    Mr. Lan

    3 days ago

    Lol, stop over hyping it. GSW would have won 4-1 even if they list game 1

  • Parkvfx


    4 days ago

    2011 World Series rewind🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Joshua Oda

    Joshua Oda

    4 days ago

    11:42 pause and look at lebrons face

  • jack jack

    jack jack

    4 days ago

    Your definately a bronsexual..🤔🤔

  • jack jack

    jack jack

    4 days ago

    Sooo in your theory he's the one to blame for LeFlop being LeToxic??

  • Snowolf1984


    4 days ago

    @2:36 I noticed that Iggy's sprint slowed down just a little (or he did it in anticipation of the passing lane from Steph). If he didn't, or if Steph had pushed ball just a little further out to let Iggy sprint half a step further out, maybe LBJ would miss the opportunity to block?

  • Mitch Connor the 3rd

    Mitch Connor the 3rd

    4 days ago

    Basketball hasn't been interesting in 4 years

  • RedHunter


    4 days ago

    This created the best NBA meme I have ever seen.

  • MajorFacts


    4 days ago

    Just wondering whatever happened between lebron and JR Smith after losing the NBA finals against the warriors?

  • Zack Fair

    Zack Fair

    2 days ago

    Lebron got that play get to him for the rest of the finals and just tuned out after that game

  • Caesar Vespasian

    Caesar Vespasian

    3 days ago

    Lebron put half a continent between them

  • Blizz


    4 days ago

    Do some hockey rewinder

  • Adam Fennich

    Adam Fennich

    4 days ago

    This man funny asl!!

  • JuniorST35


    4 days ago

    There needs to be a rewind for Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS between the Cards and the Phillies. The end of the Phillies reign of the NL East and Ryan Howard never being the same after the injury at the end of the game.

  • teto85


    4 days ago

    After that game LeBron put his fist through a marker board, breaking several bones. That one moment was stupid as Smith's actions in the entire game. The Warriors went on to win 4 - 0 and it was not as close as that would indicate. LeBron is now getting what he deserves.

  • ADAJ3


    4 days ago

    George Hill looked shook going to the line

  • ADAJ3


    4 days ago

    All Time Shaqtin A Fool Starting 5: Pg - Jr Smith Sg - Nick Young Sf - Andray Blatche Pf - Kendrick Perkins C - Javale McGee

  • Asmosis Jones

    Asmosis Jones

    Day ago

    4 of those guys won a ring 3 as starters...McGee won 2....think about that for a second!....

  • Asmosis Jones

    Asmosis Jones

    Day ago

    and im pretty sure they all played at the same time together on that team lol...imagine if they signed jr too?...smdh...they were known for moves like that back then so im surprised he never became an almost bullet I mean deshawn hughes arenas kwame crittinton all were so they surprise me when they didnt ever sign jr smith....im stunned +Jelani Scott

  • Jamari Widemon

    Jamari Widemon

    Day ago

    James harden

  • Dankest Ranch

    Dankest Ranch

    Day ago

    Meme team

  • Eduardo Ramos

    Eduardo Ramos

    3 days ago

    Don't hate on Nick Young that foo is hella cool.

  • Sipher


    4 days ago

    Ohhh boy. This hurts as a Cleveland fan. I was watching this in my hotel room with my friends during a school trip to Washington DC. I yelled so loud in anger that I was almost kicked out🤣

  • Asmosis Jones

    Asmosis Jones

    Day ago

    remember the cavs chose to trade a already signed kyrie (lamarcus aldridge also wanted a trade but one glass of wine conversation with coach popovich later he was okay staying ironic enough in 2017 so you dont think the cavs could of done the same thing with kyrie?) and the cavs chose to give away d wade for nothing and trade of clarkson for thomas with la last year so lebron could sign there this summer which he couldn't before that trade...plus give away crawder and rose for hood lol...genius moves guys...its just hilarious how the cavs could of won last years title kept bron kyrie love and now are stuck with this mess and a 5th pick lol...

  • Gabe Visperas

    Gabe Visperas

    4 days ago

    Now u guys should do kawhis buzzer beater

Next videos