J.R. Smith says his fadeaway threes are inspired by a video game

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Sunday May 22nd, 2016

Finally, we have an explanation for J.R. Smith’s shot selection.

After the Cavaliers’ 99–84 Game 3 loss to the Raptors on Saturday, in which Smith shot 6-for-15 from three, he and teammate LeBron James were asked about Bismack Biymobo’s finger wags. James noted that the Raptors center’s celebration was probably done as a sign of admiration for NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, who made it famous.

James then said he draws from Michael Jordan on some shots, Magic Johnson on some passes, and questioned where Smith got his fadeaway threes from.

“2K,” said Smith, referencing the popular basketball video game NBA 2K​.

Well, we all know J.R. Smith loves his Xbox, so this makes perfect sense.

Game 4 will tip at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday. J.R.’s postgame comments should come around midnight.

– Kenny Ducey

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