JR Smith made a typically boneheaded error during the first quarter of Game 5 against the Trail Blazers, stepping out of bounds before shooting a 3-pointer.
The Lakers signing JR Smith as a free agent in place of Avery Bradley ahead of the NBA restart was a risky bet. Few people, if any, expected it to be a successful one, but the Lakers needed to sign a couple of wing players and Smith kind of fit the bill.
Since signing, however, Smith has barely had any game time to speak of. Smith’s major strength is now his ability to act somewhat like a defensive specialist. His offensive game is more often a miss than a hit, and it showed today.
JR Smith’s hilarious blunder, stepping out of bounds
With 1.1 seconds left in the first quarter and the score 35-31 in favour of the Lakers, they had to inbound the ball from the baseline. Caruso held the ball, and he couldn’t find a free man in front of him or to his left. In desperation, he spotted JR Smith backing out to the 3-point line.
Caruso’s pass was on the money, but unfortunately for JR and the Lakers, he seemed to have forgotten the width of the basketball court. He walked straight out of the court before hoisting up a shot as the clock expired.
JR Smith showing off the range, pulling up from behind the out of bounds line pic.twitter.com/aqTwcQX3j0
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Despite his inexcusable gaffe, Smith received a little more playing time at the start of the 2nd quarter before sitting back on the bench for good. The Lakers and Blazers headed into halftime tied at 68 points. As of writing this article, they are tied at 109 points in the 4th quarter.