The Chicago Bears used a pivotal play in the opener of the NBA Finals as a teaching point for situational awareness.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith squandered an opportunity to break a tie in the final seconds of regulation in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors, opting instead to dribble out the clock. Smith initially said he knew the score of the game before later admitting that may not have been the case.
The Bears used that play as a reminder to their players to be aware of the situation at all times, perhaps to the chagrin of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who is an Ohio native and avid Cavaliers fan.
"We actually watched that the next day as a team and tried to learn from the situation," the 23-year-old Trubisky said on NFL Network. "I was having a hard time watching it twice again, but it just goes to show you everyone gets caught up in the moment even if it's the biggest of lights. But you always have to know the situation, so take advantage of it."
While the Cavaliers have yet to find success versus the Warriors in their series, the Bears are looking for better results than last season after adding wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel to go along with tight end Trey Burton.