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J.R. Smith Pretty Much Lied About What He Was Thinking At The End Of Game 1

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Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The end of regulation in Game 1 of this year's NBA Finals will go down in infamy as one of the worst plays ever seen in a championship game.

Reminiscent of Chris Webber's blunder -- trying to call a timeout when his team didn't have any left -- while playing for Michigan, or Isiah Thomas throwing the ball directly to Larry Bird when the Pistons faced the Celtics in Game 7 of the 1987 ECF, J.R. Smith made an all-time mistake, grabbing an offensive rebound off of a George Hill free throw miss with the game tied and 4 seconds left, and proceeded to dribble the ball out without getting a shot off.

The blunder led to the Warriors winning Game 1 in overtime and pretty much crushed the hopes and dreams of every Cleveland and LeBron fan in the world.

The general consensus is that Smith -- somehow, someway -- didn't know the game was tied as Hill was taking his free throws, and after Hill made the first of two, assumed that the Cavs were up one, when in reality the score was level. Pretty typical of J.R., right?

But after the game, during an interview with the media, J.R. explained his thought process at the end of regulation, and said that he actually knew the game was tied, but still decided to dribble most of the clock out.

"I was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off. I knew we were tied, I thought we were going to call timeout. If I thought we were ahead, I'd have held onto the ball and let them foul me."

Considering Ty Lue said the exact opposite to this only a few minutes prior, and there's footage showing J.R Smith saying "I thought we were ahead." to LeBron immediately after the gaffe, it seems J.R. has been caught up in a lie.