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We learned during the 2013 playoffs that when J.R. Smith’s outside shot isn’t falling, he can go into a tailspin on offense. However, as one of the streakiest shooters in the league, he can make a huge difference when he’s got it going from long range.
In Game 2 of Round 1 against the Boston Celtics, everything was going right for the New York Knicks. Smith scored 19 points off the bench, the team won by 16 points and Smith showed his gratitude to the three-point gods in front of his home crowd.
But what makes this shot so great isn’t just the pose itself—it’s the contrast between celebratory faces on the side of the Knicks and the dejected looks of the Celtics. New York is celebrating to the right, Boston is sulking to the left and Smith is soaking it all in front and center.
If you’re empathetic toward the struggles of the Celtics, you may prefer this shot right here. You still experience the glory of Smith, but you get the reveling crowd—P.Diddy included—without the bitter taste of Boston’s sorrow left behind.