J.R. Smith’s self-assessment proved blunt and honest when asked how he’d describe his play thus far in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

“Horses—t,” he said when asked what the thought of his game.

And it’s quite obvious it’s got him a bit rattled. Smith came into Thursday’s Game 4 shooting 7-of-20 from the three-point arc. He added a goose egg Thursday night, missing on eight treys on the way to a four point game on a night the Cavaliers needed someone to join LeBron James (20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists) and Timofey Mozgov (28 points, 10 rebounds). For the series he’s now 7-of-28, and he was one of several who didn’t or couldn’t step up.

Iman Shumpert, who arrived from the New York Knicks with Smith, probably knows him better than anyone else on the team. He doesn’t feel the need to say anything to his teammate, he said.

“Nah, he’ll figure it out,” he said.

Shumpert, who is dealing with a bruised left shoulder suffering his own problems, scored five points in the game. The Cavs bench was outscored 19-7 by the Warriors.

“He’s not the only one who shot it bad or played indecisively,” Shumpert said. “We have to play Cavaliers basketball on the offensive end.”
Right now, no one may know what exactly that is as the Cavs shot 33 percent for the game and looked lost offensively whenever James wasn’t on the floor and their offensive woes allowed the Warriors to find their scoring rhythm.