With four seconds left and the score tied in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, J.R. Smith had the ball a few feet from the basket and only Kevin Durant out of balance was in front of him. When the regulation was over, he somehow had the ball near the middle of the court and a mortified LeBron James pointed it at the basket.
<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "What happened in the middle will pbad to the basketball history as one of the most deranged moves in history, although Smith denied it after the game Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told the journalist that The veteran mistakenly thought that his team had gone up one point, instead of trying to score a winning game, Smith almost wasted time in a tied game. " data-reactid = "17"> What happened in the middle will go down in the history of basketball as one of the most deranged plays in history. Although Smith denied it after the game Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told the reporter that the veteran mistakenly thought his team had gone up one point. Instead of trying to score a winner of the game, Smith almost dribbled the clock in a tie game.
There have been many brazen moves in the history of sport, it's a law of nature. But the context of Smith's mistake combined with the player's reputation and the tragedy of squandering James' 51-point masterpiece make this a truly special point in history. These are the most similar moves we could unearth.
Honorable Mention: Steve Bartman beats Moises Alou
It's hard to compare this with any of these other plays, since Bartman is a fan and not a player, but this list would not really be complete without mentioning one of the the most infamous moments in the history of baseball.
The Cubs were four outs out of the World Series in the 2003 NLCS, when a foul was hit into left field in foul territory. Left fielder Moisés Alou ran and jumped to catch the ball, but Bartman threw it and cost his team a key. The Cubs would crumble from there and lose the chance to end the Billy Goat Curse (which would fall in 2016), but Bartman faced a much higher price, needing police protection after years and receiving harbadment from angry fans for years. 19659008] Jim Marshall runs the wrong way
This does not exactly match a playoff error in the context department, but the absurd places it within the inner circle of the biggest mistakes in sports. Facing the 49ers, Vikings linebacker Jim Marshall recovered a loose ball, took the ball at all times and … scored a touchdown for the 49ers. It really happened, a professional soccer player mixed the final zones.
Dustin Johnson connects his club in the sand
The first 72 holes of the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits ended with Dustin Johnson in a three-way tie with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson, but not for long. On the 18th green, a PGA official delicately explained to Johnson that he had connected his club in a very small bunker, incurring a two-shot penalty and removing Johnson from the tiebreaker. Johnson said later that he did not even know it was a bunker.
Fred Brown pbades James Worthy
Do you think forgetting the score is bad? Try to forget who your teammates are. Georgetown had one last chance to win at the NCAA basketball championship game in 1982, after a Michael Jordan jumper gave the UNC a 63-62 lead. However, that opportunity would be wasted when guard Fred Brown mistook James Worthy of the Tar Heels for a teammate and pbaded him the ball for a turnover.
Blake O 'Neill is still trying to kick against Michigan State  In rivalry games, failures are forever. In 2015, Michigan was on the verge of obtaining its first triumph in three years on Michigan State. The only thing the Wolverines had to do was clear the ball with 10 seconds left and a 23-21 lead. Then kicker Blake O'Neill shook the plug. Okay, all the Wolverines had to do was get O & # 39; Neill to throw the ball and force the Spartans to turn a kick or move 40 yards on a play to end the game. Then O & # 39; Neill tried to clear the ball and threw it into the arms of a Spartans defender.
Leon Lett looking for a touchdown in the Super Bowl
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Chris Webber forgets how many waiting times he has
Perhaps the closest relative to Smith is losing control of the score. Chris Webber lost track of the time-outs in the 1993 NCAA basketball championship game against UNC. Down 73-71 with 11 seconds left and caught in midfield, Webber tried to call time out. Except that he had no downtime. And it is a technical fault to call a waiting time without leaving any.
Bill Buckner misses a shot
It's hard to imagine what it would take to overcome this as baseball's biggest mistake. The Red Sox were far from winning the 1986 World Series and ending the Curse of the Bambino. It was a simple call for first baseman Bill Buckner to pick up and finish the game. Well, the game ended, but only after Buckner rushed the ball, he lost it with his glove and watched the Mets leave the field on the way to an eventual victory in Game 7.
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