The NBA was suspended indefinitely earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and is set to resume play in Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex.
J.R.was signed to replace Avery Bradley, who opted out of the NBA’s return in Orlando for personal reasons pertaining to his son’s health. Smith will sign with Los Angeles for the rest of the season, as per ESPN. Smith previously worked out for the Lakers in February, before the team signed Dion Waiters. The former Cavalier won the title with LeBron in Cleveland in 2016.
Reactions on Twitter were predictably plentiful, with many users cracking jokes at the expense of J.R., though some shared highlights of his time in the NBA and his br
Editor’s note: This story was originally published on May 5, 2018. Tuesday marks the two-year anniversary of LeBron James’ game-winning buzzer-beater in Game 3 of the 2018 Eastern Conference semifinals.
CLEVELAND — OG Anunoby had just made the biggest shot of his rookie season, a rattling 3-pointer with eight seconds left that completed a 17-point Toronto Raptors comeback to tie Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cavaliers.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue called his final timeout and stepped into the huddle.
What happened in Cleveland will be remembered for quite some time — in quite different ways.
Cavs fans will never forget yet another mind-boggling addition to the long list of late-game LeBron James heroics, drawing specific memories of a similar jaw-dropper he hit against the Chicago Bulls in 2015. Raptors faithful will be talking about it … very, very differently, and probably not with language we can include.
Here’s what followed, from the perspective of those who lived it:
LeBron James, Cavs forward: “It should never have come down to that point. We had a really good lead to start the fourth, and we came out and didn’t execute and didn’t play the way we should have.”
Dwane Casey, Raptors coach: “Well, our goal in the timeout was to trap him and make someone else beat us.”
James: “T. Lue was the one who told us, ‘Let’s take it full court,’ knowing I had more than enough time to get the ball up the court, and by us doing that it doesn’t allow the defense to kind of sit and see what you’re going to do.”
Ty Lue, Cavs coach: “The play is called ‘3 Open.'”
The Cavs ran the same play in Washingtonin February 2017, when James ended up hitting a memorable banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. That last-second prayer might not have been necessary if James had made a layup the previous possession after “3 Open” got him a great look at the rim.
George Hill, Cavs guard: “When they came out of the huddle, they didn’t expect us to inbound full court. They were confused a little bit.”
While the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals were staging an epic World Series Game 7 in Houston, the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards were playing one of the most incredible NBA games in recent memory, packed with enough historic milestones to fill a record book.
It’s not often that you see a team score 158 points in regulation and lose. In fact, prior to Wednesday, it had happened exactly once in NBA history: Nov. 2, 1990, when the Paul Westhead-coached Denver Nuggets fell to the Run-TMC Golden State Warriors 162-158.
This was the third non-OT game in NBA history in which both teams scored at least 155 points. It was the third game in NBA history in which both teams made at least 20 3-pointers. The Rockets’ 159 points were the fourth-most in regulation in a road game in NBA history.
The two teams combined for 89 points in the fourth quarter, the most in a fourth quarter since the Pacers and Celtics put up 90 on April 11, 1994. The Wizards led by 12 with 7:53 left, and the Rockets proceeded to outscore them 38-25 down the stretch. Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for more points (27) than the entire Wizards team in that span.
Oh, and for the gamblers in the audience, the over/under for the game was 234. Washington and Houston cleared that by 84 points.
Harden drops 50 again
Although his missed free throw with 2.2 seconds remaining left him one point shy of 60 — and snapped a streak of 38 consecutive made free throws — Harden completed his 19th career 50-point game. Only Wilt Chamberlain (118), Michael Jorda