The Cavaliers were not pleased with JR Smith’s shooting during their Game 1 loss to the Warriors in the NBA finals.
In 28 minutes, Smith attempted only four shots and scored just three points, which is a far cry from his motto, “When in doubt, shoot.”
This didn’t sit well for Cleveland, which lost 113-91.
“He’s an assassin,” coach Tyronn Lue told ESPN. “We’re reminding him of that. Go out there and shoot. We need him to.”
Golden State is known for its quick offense, so it’s important for the Cavaliers to keep up their tempo if they want to stay on par.
“They do a great job of taking away the 3,” Smith said of Golden State. “That’s why they have been one of the top defensive teams in the league the last three years. And we just got to do a better job of finishing at the rim to make those guys come to us. If we do that and eliminate the turnovers, it will be a different Game 2.”
However, Smith has only scored double digits twice in this year’s playoffs, which means he hasn’t been firing on all cylinders this entire postseason.