J.R. Smith’s mistake became a teaching tool for the Bears

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Basketball and football are completely different games, but Bears coaches found a teachable moment for their players in the first game of the NBA Finals.

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith blew a chance to break a tie in the final seconds of regulation when he followed up an offensive rebound by dribbling out the clock instead of shooting the ball. Smith initially said he knew the score of the game, but later admitted that he “can’t say I was sure of anything at that point.”

The Bears used the play to illustrate the need to be aware of the situation at all times. That’s a good lesson, but it meant that Cavaliers fan and quarterback Mitch Trubisky had to relive a tough moment.

“We actually watched that the next day as a team and tried to learn from the situation,” Trubisky said on NFL Network. “I was having a hard time watching it twice again, but it just goes to show you everyone gets caught up in the moment even if it’s the biggest of lights. But you always have to know the situation, so take advantage of it.”

Wednesday night didn’t make things any better for Trubisky’s favorite basketball team as they lost to the Warriors to fall behind 3-0 in the series. That won’t make the quarterback any happier, but at least there were no gaffes worthy of a replay in front of the team on Thursday.

15 responses to “J.R. Smith’s mistake became a teaching tool for the Bears

  1. That play was an epic error yes, but what are we even talking about here? So the Cavs get “A” game instead of getting swept. Is there some sort of moral victory in losing in 5 instead of getting swept? We can say winning game one would establish momentum, but cmon, the Warriors were always going to win 100 times out of 100. They are simply better. They drafted better, they sign free agents better (guys like Iggy), and were SMART enough to have the cap room to sign a guy like Durant. But lets keep crying and whining about whats fair or unfair. We live in America, if you want to beat the Warriors then step your game up. And this is attributable to all things in life. I will now see myself to Pro Basketball Talk.

  2. webster8723 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 9:47 am
    That was one of the biggest championship blunders I have ever seen… JR Smith, one for the books

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    Don’t let that distract you from the fact that George Hill missed the potentially game winning free throw that would have prevented the blunder.

  3. I’m not an NBA fan, but I’ve watched that play a few times, and they had a timeout. When you have Lebron James on your team, a tie game, the ball, and less than 5 seconds, how about you call a flipping timeout and set up a play? To me, that play is 100% on Lue for not calling the TO.

  4. This is the first thing Nagy has done to actually impress me.

    Bears have had a lot of MORONIC mental lapses over the last few years (beginning with hiring pretty boy Ryan Slow Pace)

    So a coach who wants to put an end to that sort of tomfoolery is a good thing.

  5. @shogunassasin30
    No one wants to get swept from the playoffs. Its the equivalent of getting shutout in the superbowl.

  6. Why should Smith’s actions be a learning experience? LeBron still travels at least five times a game, intentionally pushes off a defender another minimum of 5 per game, and plays 20% or less actively in defensive series and watches players go past him while he’s standing.

    Smith made a mistake. LeBron is a stat padder who refuses to play defense consistently, whines about everything, and moans he does not get the calls he wants while violating NBA rules a minimum of 10 times per games without being punished!

  7. I’m not exactly sure what was being taught? If it was how not to win when the game is on the line I would say the Bears already excel in that area.

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