J.R. Smith made a historic gaffe at the end of game 1 in the NBA Finals, sending the meme writers into immediate overdrive (see our top 10 meme list later in this article). In case you were living in a cave and somehow missed it, Smith appeared to have forgotten the score and ran out the clock.
Actually, the game was tied, but, robbed of a final chance to score, the Cavaliers then had to face the Warriors in overtime, and promptly lost. Although extremely frustrating to Cavaliers players and players (and LeBron James), the moment (and James’ reaction to it) was comedy gold.
Although LeBron looked upset on the court, he’s since come to J.R.’s defense. After initially leaving a press conference as reporters peppered him with questions about Smith, LeBron has given a few remarks about his teammate, declaring that Smith has an “uncanny ability to bounce back.” For his part, Smith initially claimed that he knew the game was tied, but later acknowledged, “After thinking about it a lot obviously the last 24 hours or however many since the game was over, I can’t say I was sure of anything at that point.” He initially was overheard possibly saying he thought the team was ahead.
First, before we get to the best J.R. Smith memes, here’s the actual moment in case you haven’t seen it (or want to relive the agony for some reason.)
Here are the 10 funniest memes and GIFS about J.R. Smith, LeBron James, and that big Game 1 goof up.
10. LeBron’s Imaginary Texting
The real LeBron James has come to the defense of his teammate and has declined to say anything negative about him. That’s not how the meme writers imagined it right after Game 1.
9. LeBron With Drake
The J.R. Smith memes focused a lot on LeBron’s reaction to Smith’s gaffe. It appears that Drake can’t escape the memes even when he’s not the one everyone’s talking about.
8. J.R. Smith Distracted
It’s obvious that something was distracting J.R. Smith. Jokesters had fun imagining what it was.
7. J.R. Smith Distracted by Hennessy
Like we said, people thought J.R. Smith was distracted.
6. Alcohol in the Hands
LeBron James’ outstretched arms were just dying to become a meme.
5. Angry LeBron
LeBron James didn’t really put his hands around J.R. Smith’s neck. That didn’t stop one humorist from imagining it.
4. Want Some Spaghetti, J.R.?
Like we said, those outstretched hands were just asking for memes. Whether it was spaghetti or a myriad of other things, some of the best jokes imagined something in LeBron’s hands.
3. Going Political
Some people just couldn’t help it. The temptation to go political was too great. Many fans mocked the sleepy-eyed, sort-of lost look on J.R. Smith’s face after the play. Looking kind of addled didn’t help his cause.
2. Instant Replay
Video speaks a thousand words. A lot of people posted video clips that masqueraded as instant replays.
1. J.R. Smith, Golden State Warriors
J.R. might as well have been on the opposing team because he was helping them in the end so much, right?