Cavs’ J.R. Smith makes list of Top 10 sports blunders

We all watched J.R. Smith dribble away his chance to be a hero for the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, inexplicably not attempting to score or signal for a timeout in the final seconds of a tie game.

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The result was the Cavs wasted the final 4.7 seconds of regulation, the game went into overtime and the second-chance Warriors thumped Cleveland 124-114.

Unfortunately for Smith, his gaffe just dumped his name into a group of dubious decision-makers already on a list of sports’ biggest blunders.

First, here’s how Smith got there.

There were conflicting explanations on exactly what Smith was thinking after grabbing an offensive rebound of George Hill’s free throw Thursday night. Cavs coach Ty Lue said Smith thought they were one point ahead. Smith, though, insisted he knew the game was tied and he thought the Cavs were going to call timeout.

Perhaps Smith forgot that, as the man possessing the ball, he didn’t have to wait for a signal from his coach or teammates, he had the power to call timeout. We won’t even get into the replays that lipreaders interpreted as Smith telling LeBron James, “I thought we were ahead.”

Regardless of what was going through Smith’s mind, his actions earned him a spot on our list of guys who should have known better. So who gets bumped off the Top 10 list?

Webber’s timeless mistake

Chris Webber wouldn’t have hesitated to call for a timeout Thursday night. The ex-Warriors rookie standout is still reminded of his timeout that cost Michigan in the NCAA championship game against North Carolina.

It was 25 years ago when he tried to call for a timeout in the final seconds with his team down two points. Unfortunately for Webber and …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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