J.R. Smith’s game-worn jersey from Game 1 up for auction

Smith's blunder led to loss, sweep in 2018 NBA Finals

Daryl Ruiter
June 18, 2018 - 2:47 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) dribbles the ball after controlling an offensive rebound against the Golden State Warriors with under five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – A piece of inglorious Cleveland sports history made just 3 weeks ago is now up for auction.

The jersey worn by Cavaliers guard JR Smith during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals is being auctioned off by the league’s auction service MeiGray.

Smith scored 10 points to go with 6 rebounds and 2 assists in 38 minutes in the 124-114 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on May 31. 

It was Smith’s blunder at the end of regulation that cost the Cavs a chance to win the game and take a 1-0 series lead when he inexplicably tried to dribble out the final 4.5 seconds of regulation after collecting a rebound from George Hill’s missed free throw.

After Smith rebounded Hill’s miss with the game tied, he began dribbling towards center court and LeBron James frantically pointed toward the basket to get Smith’s attention. Smith threw the ball into the corner but Hill’s desperation heave was too late.

After the game Smith claimed he knew the score despite being caught on camera telling James he thought the Cavs were up. The next day he backed off the claim.

The Warriors swept the Cavs in 4 games for their third NBA championship in 4 years against Cleveland.

The auction, which currently has 59 bids and is up to $3,020 as of this posting Monday afternoon, closes June 21 at 9:50 p.m. eastern.