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JR Smith changes tune on blunder but ready to turn page to Game 2

JR Smith changes tune on blunder but ready to turn page to Game 2

“After thinking about it a lot after the last 24 hours and however long it’s been since the game was over, I can’t say I was sure of anything at that point,” Smith said.

That was different than Smith’s story after Game 1 on Thursday, when he said he knew the score was tied at 107 when he grabbed an offensive rebound in the lane with 4.7 seconds remaining off a George Hill missed free throw and dribbled the ball out, expecting someone on his team to call timeout.replica nfl jerseys wholesale

Smith was asked if he remembered telling an irate LeBron James, “I thought we were ahead,” after the clock expired, as it appeared he said in a camera angle captured by the ABC broadcast of the game.

“I might have said that,” Smith said. “I’m not for sure, but I might have.”14

Smith, an avid golfer, said he spent the Cavs’ off day on Friday watching the Memorial Tournament and was impressed by Tiger Woods’ play. He also spoke to his children on FaceTime. Despite his role in how Game 1 unraveled for his team, Smith says he is prepared to turn the page to Sunday’s Game 2 and look for a series split at Oracle Arena.

“That’s pretty much who I’ve been my whole life. I’ve always been the one guy who is the butt of the jokes or the one guy who does something crazy and everybody has got to look at or whatever the case may be. And then I just come back and be myself and play the next day,” Smith said. “I don’t really dwell on things too much. I’ve been like that my whole life, and that’s what it looks like it’s going to continue to be. So I just got to go out there and be me. I told somebody right after the game that I’m glad it happened to me, as opposed to anybody else on my team. To be in that situation is tough, and it’s not a situation that everybody can handle. So I’m glad it happened to me.”

Indeed, James described Smith as “one of the most resilient guys I’ve ever been around,” having known him since they both were in high school.replica nike nfl jerseys

“He probably took that loss as hard as anybody on the team,” James said. “But one thing about JR, he has an uncanny ability to bounce back. I think people have seen that throughout our postseason runs, where he hasn’t played well or played to his ability that he thinks he should have played, and then the next game he comes on and shoots the ball extremely well. It’s just very locked in.”