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J.R. Smith bumps ball backward over his head to start Cavaliers fastbreak (video)

Utah Jazz v Cleveland Cavaliers

Utah Jazz v Cleveland Cavaliers

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This is just a pleasing sequence.

Kyrie Irving times his jump correctly to deflect the Jazz’s pass. J.R. Smith swoops in to save the ball from out of bounds and bumps it backward over his head the other way as if he were Trevor Booker trying to beat the shot clock. The “pass” goes right to Tristan Thompson, who realizes the quickest way to advance the ball is look backward at Irving, who has changed directions on a dime and is now accelerating toward Utah’s basket at full speed but has not yet passed Thompson. Thompson tries a handoff, but Irving fumbles it. Irving pushes it forward anyway, regaining enough control to throw Kevin Love an alley-oop.

It’s too soon to say the Cavaliers – who’ve won four straight, including this 106-92 win over Utah – have solved all their problems, but they sure looked good last night (for the most part).