NBA 2015 Finals: Game 2 Recap, Game 3 Outlook

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Jun 7, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) and guard J.R. Smith (5) celebrate after beating the Golden State Warriors in game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Goat:

J.R. Smith: During the game I kept tweeting out how poorly J.R. Smith was playing and how bad his decision making process was. Case in point, when the zebra’s are giving you the benefit of the doubt on pretty much every call through 3.5 quarters why would you force their hand with a stupid obvious foul?

J.R. #Smith is single handedly taking the Cavaliers out of this game (LOL) #NBAFinals

— Tamberlyn's Tip-Off (@TTOTambz) June 8, 2015

He single handedly almost let the Warriors win the game and should Golden State have prevailed the Cav’s failure would have rested squarely on J.R.’s shoulders.  His plus/minus -13 was second worst on the team, however Tristan Thompson‘s -22 can be somewhat explained given how much he is expected to do managing most of GSW’s front court.

The scary thing about Smith is he is just as likely to come out and have a great game, make big plays and shoot the lights out. Like Dennis Rodman before him we’ll see whether a superstar like Jordan (James) can control the enigmatic player (Smith) on his team to translate his production into a positive.

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