J.R. Smith dismisses criticism of his contested shots

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were in truly excellent form during game two as they brushed aside the Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavs broke an NBA record at The Q Arena as they sank 25 three-pointers on their way to opening up a 2-0 lead over their Eastern Conference rivals.

A big reason for that was shooting guard J.R. Smith, who connected seven separate times from beyond the arc to open up a huge lead over the Hawks that was only lowered when the Cavaliers starters exited the game. After the matchup, Smith dismissed critics who had a go at him for his contested shots.

Smith understands that he's taking what would be considered difficult shots for anyone else. But that's his game.

"Guys are always looking at me like: 'What are you doing? What are you doing?' This is my shot," said Smith, according to a report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

"Regardless of how funny it may look to you, I feel as if I can make it when I get that opportunity."

Smith has even admitted in the past that he prefers contested shots, even though he has consistently shot more accurately when left open by the defense.

"I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day," Smith said during last year's playoffs. "It's kind of boring when you take open shots."

LeBron James couldn't resist saying a couple of words about his red hot teammate, sounding just a tad jealous in the process.

The former NBA MVP said that Smith is, "the only one of the team who has the ultragreen light." And what a glorious light it is.

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