J.R. Smith's excuse for defensive lapse even more ridiculous than play itself

Choosing to dap up Bucks guard Jason Terry on the bench as soon as the ball was inbounded after a timeout, J.R. Smith made an inexplicable mistake in Cleveland's 118-101 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday. With Smith preoccupied, the Bucks were able to score rather easily and the Cavaliers could only just throw their arms up in frustration with their teammates' poor decision.

Smith has made some questionable decisions in the past but this is rather inexcusable. And to make matters worse, Smith made his mistake even more glaring by offering up a rather bizarre and untrue explanation for his lack of awareness.

Talking to reporters after the game, Smith wore a balaclava with his hood up and said he was dressed up as his unnamed alter ego. Smith then said he dapped up Terry because frankly, "I didn't even know I was in the game. My bad."

Smith may act aloof at times but it is hard to believe that he didn't know he was in the game. He simply didn't want to answer questions about his mistake so he pretended like he didn't know what was going on. And while it is understandable that he didn't want to talk about it, his postgame attire and the bizarre nature in which he answers questions about his gaffe just brings more attention to it.

In case you missed it, here's the play Smith tried to defend (figuratively speaking):

Perhaps next time Smith and his alter ego will just save their hellos for before and after games, which is the more prudent thing to do.

CBS Sports Writer

Ananth Pandian has been writing about all NBA-related things including the social and lifestyle aspect of the sport for CBS Sports since 2015. His name is actually easy to pronounce, just remember it is... Full Bio

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