Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith hasn't been playing well in the NBA Finals and he knows it. Before exiting the arena on a hands-free segway, Smith spoke to the media and was candid when asked about his own performance. Via ESPN's Dave McMenamin:
J.R. Smith asked to assess his own game right now: "Horsesh--"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 12, 2015
During the regular season, Smith was awesome for the Cavs. In his 46 games after being acquired from the New York Knicks, Smith played within himself and exactly what the Cavs needed him to do alongside LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. He finished the regular season shooting 39 percent on 3-point attempts with Cleveland. Overall, the Cavs were 5.6 points better per 100 possessions with Smith on the floor.
Smith has had some moments in the playoffs, as had 28 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals and he's scored in double figures in both of the Cavs' wins vs. Golden State. But he's shooting 29.7 percent from the floor and and 25 percent on 3-pointers overall in the final. With the Cavs without Irving and Love, they need Smith to be better than he has if they are going to beat Golden State.