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What they're saying: JR Smith does the unthinkable in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

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What they're saying: JR Smith does the unthinkable in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

J.R. Smith had the opportunity to be the hero in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Instead, he became the laughingstock.

After his blunder late in the fourth quarter, social media attacked:

https://twitter.com/KatzM/status/1002411254189879297

Have a great Friday everybody!

Warriors' Juan Toscano visits pivotal stop on journey after NBA debut

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Warriors' Juan Toscano visits pivotal stop on journey after NBA debut

Juan Toscano visited an important stop on his journey to the NBA during the All-Star break. 

The Warriors rookie, about a week after making his NBA debut for his hometown team, traveled to Monterrey, Mexico and visited students at a local elementary school. 

Toscano played two seasons for Fuerza Regia de Monterrey in Mexico's top league, earning All-Star Game MVP honors in both appearances and winning a title in 2016-17. His grandfather immigrated from Michoacán to East Oakland, and he has played for Mexico in international competitions. 

"They showed me so much love," Toscano told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock in October of his time with Fuerza Regia. "They were always offering to cook food for me, invited me over to eat, give me rides places. I didn't have a car out there and stuff, just everything man. They're real good people."

Toscano watched his former team play during the break, too, sitting alongside a sports star who calls Monterrey home: Tigres UANL striker André-Pierre Gignac.

Gignac signed a Tigres kit for Toscano earlier in the day, too. 

[RELATED: Warriors rookie Paschall answers some wild brain busters]

Toscano returned to Monterrey a bonafide NBA player. The 26-year-old made his debut two days after the Warriors revamped their roster at the trade deadline, and Toscano played nearly 16 minutes a night in his three appearances before the All-Star break. 

Reaching the NBA with the team you grew up watching is special, and so is Toscano sharing that accomplishment with those who helped him get there.

Warriors rookie Eric Paschall tries to answer some wild brain busters

Warriors rookie Eric Paschall tries to answer some wild brain busters

NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago is about more than just what happens on the court. The shenanigans away from the game shine just as bright. And with that come some oddities. 

That includes questions like, "What color is a mirror?" 

That one stumped Warriors rookie Eric Paschall as he let out a high-pitched "huh" in confusion. ESPN asked Paschall and a handful of other players around the league an assortment of brain busters that gave us some hilarious answers. 

Paschall did have the perfect response to being asked, "If humans can't see air, can fish see water?" 

After laughing, Paschall said, "Ask a fish." 

OK, what about if you try to fail and succeed, which have you done? "Succeed," Paschall says. Why? "Because you tried to fail. ... You tried to fail and you did, so you succeeded in your failure. Oh, I'm spittin' knowledge. I'm spittin' knowledge." 

Right, right. 

[RELATED: Paschall impresses in leading Team USA to Rising Stars win]

One thing's for certain: Paschall was spittin' some game Friday night in the 2020 NBA Rising Stars Challenge. Paschall scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting in Team USA's 151-131 comeback win over Team World.

He might be better at busting opponents than spittin' knowledge, but the rookie definitely has been one of the brightest parts of the Warriors' down season.