J.R. Smith Forgets He’s Playing Basketball, Gives Up Wide-Open Dunk

Bryan Brandom
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On Tuesday night, J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers high-fived the Milwaukee Bucks' Jason Terry.

Which would have been fine, had it not been in the middle of a game between the two teams and had it not led to a wide open dunk for Bucks wing Tony Snell.

After the game, shirt allergy awareness advocate Smith contended that he didn't recall the play ever occurring when prompted by reporters.

"I wasn't even paying attention," Smith said. "I don't even remember that."

Then a reporter spelled out what happened.

"I didn't even know I was in the game," Smith replied. "My bad."

Terry, an 18-year veteran who's never shared a roster with Smith, said the incident was an honest mistake and not savvy veteran move to distract his opponent—which is exactly what a savvy veteran would say!

"Nah, I was just saying what's up, that's it," Terry said, claiming he didn't know play had started. "Totally harmless."

The Cavs signed Smith to a four-year, $57 million contract this offseason.

Thankfully for Smith, the screw-up didn't really matter, as Bucks point god Giannis Antetokounmpo was way, way too much for LeBron James and Co. during a 118-101 Milwaukee blowout victory.


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