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J.R. Smith credits 'NBA 2K' as his inspiration for taking tough fadeaway threes

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Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith ranked among the league's top ten in made three-point field goals during the regular season and has continued his sharpshooting in the playoffs too. 

The 30-year-old connected on 204 threes during the 82-game campaign and is third in makes from beyond the arc in the postseason with 40 - shooting a playoff-career high 47 percent.

Smith is known for being one of the toughest shot makers in the league and has built an uncanny ability to knock down shots that you wouldn't normally expect to see go through the basket.

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The Cavs guard has the nickname "Swish" and has a tendency to get hot from downtown and connect on either open or contested looks. 

A fadeaway three is one of the hardest shots to make and no coach encourages their players to take it as it is a very low percentage attempt, unless you're J.R. of course.

The former New York Knicks man has worked on that shot throughout his career and made it a trademark. Most players would be barracked for taking that type of shot, but J.R. is given the freedom to do it because of his tendency to make it.

In the post-game press conference after Cleveland's game three loss to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, Smith revealed his inspiration behind it. 

Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

On the podium, he and LeBron James were asked what they made of Raptors center Bismack Biyombo doing the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag every time he blocked a Cavaliers player. 

James replied: "We all take something from somebody. If I shoot a fadeaway, I got it from MJ. Throw a no-look pass, I get it from Magic. He [J.R. Smith] shoots fadeaway threes, I don't know where he gets those from."

Smith then laughed and simply stated: "2k."

He was, of course, referring to the popular basketball video game 'NBA 2K'. The game has become a must-have among basketball players and fans alike, but it's rare to see players trying to emulate difficult tricks from the game.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons Game Four

MVP Stephen Curry, however, is flipping the script in that respect, producing things on the court that cannot be translated into the video game, which is unheard of. 

Bouncing Back

Despite the Cavs' game three loss to the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre, they still hold a 2-1 lead in the series and can put one foot into the NBA finals with a win tonight. 

Though the Ohio-based franchise didn't get much production from star players Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, as they shot the ball poorly throughout the encounter, the same can't be said for J.R.

Swish had one of his hot shooting nights in Toronto, hitting six three-pointers for 22 points, but unfortunately, it was in vain. 

Expect the 11-year veteran to continue putting up shots in game four as he and the Cavaliers set their sights on stealing a game in the six.

Topics:
Eastern Conference
NBA
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
LeBron James
JR Smith

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