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JR Smith, Tristan Thompson’s IG Live on who is built for the playoffs


Los Angeles Lakers guard JR Smith and Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson had an animated IG live conversation where they talked about a number of things.

One of the topics that came up was about which players are built for the playoffs, and Thompson assured Lakers fans that Smith is a player the team can count on once the postseason begins down in Orlando, Florida.

The Lakers signed Smith as Avery Bradley’s replacement for the “bubble” games. Smith has a rapport with Lakers superstar small forward LeBron James, as well as L.A. assistant coach Phil Handy.

Smith averaged 6.7 points in 11 games with the Cavs in 2018-19. His last full season came in 2017-18, during which he played in 80 games and averaged 8.3 points for Cleveland. The Lakers will need Smith to space the floor with his 3-point shooting since LeBron and Anthony Davis command so much attention when they have the ball in the post. JR should get plenty of wide-open looks from deep.

Of course, Lakers fans are hoping Smith has his head on a swivel. The last time we saw him in the playoffs was during Game 1 of the 2018 Finals. Smith made a mistake for the ages and it created arguably the best meme of all time.

The game went into overtime after Cavs point guard George Hill missed a second free throw which would have given Cleveland a one-point lead over the Golden State Warriors. Smith got the rebound but dribbled the ball out to the perimeter, clearly not knowing that the game was tied.

The Cavs got swept by the Warriors and LeBron suffered a bone contusion in his right hand after punching a whiteboard following the Game 1 loss.