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J.R. Smith | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 225
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (18) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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J.R. Smith hit two 3-pointers to finish Sunday's Finals-clinching victory with 12 points, four boards, two assists and one steal in 39 minutes.
Smith scored eight points in the first three minutes of the third quarter, followed by a pair of awful turnovers, but he logged 39 minutes and thoroughly outplayed reserve swingman Iman Shumpert (six points, one rebound in 19 minutes). Smith recently opted out of his contract for 2016-17, ensuring that he'll get some hefty offers in free agency, but given his major role in the Cavs' championship they'll likely do everything possible to retain him. Jun 19 - 11:26 PM

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J.R. Smith will not pick up his player option and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

He only had a player option for $5.4 million for the 2016-17 season, so this isn't a hard call with the salary cap going up. Smith did say to that he wants to remain with the Cavs. He hasn't played particularly well in The Finals on both ends, which comes on the heels of his coach singing his praises. After Iman Shumpert did a great job on Klay Thompson in Game 5, it'll be interesting to see if Shumpert takes minutes from Smith.
Jun 15 - 3:51 PM

J.R. Smith scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting during the Cavs' Game 3 blowout victory, adding four rebounds and one assist in 38 minutes of action.

Five of Smith's makes came from downtown and his eight first-half points matched his combined output from Games 1 and 2. He was decisive offensively, doing his damage without a single turnover, and his defense was no less impressive, as he added three steals while helping to limit Golden State's starting backcourt to a combined 29 points on 10-of-26 shooting. His sudden re-emergence is a terrific turn of events for the Cavs.
Jun 9 - 12:32 AM

J.R. Smith said he'll be looking for his shot early in Game 3.

"Just looking for my shot early, penetrate and try to get a couple easy ones just to see the ball go through the net," Smith said. "They're running me off my spots a little bit... I just have to feel comfortable when I get in that situation to make the shot or take the shot or create a better play." Smith was Cleveland's fourth leading scorer during the regular season, but he's been a no-show through the first two games of the Finals, averaging just 4.0 points on 33.3 percent shooting. That trend simply cannot continue if Cleveland hopes to even up the series back at home.
Jun 7 - 4:28 PM

J.R. Smith, who attempted only three shots in Game 1 vs. the Warriors, finished Sunday's blowout loss with five points on 2-of-6 shooting.

Smith was just 1-of-4 from downtown, adding two rebounds, two assists and two steals in his 33 minutes of action. Cleveland came into the series with postseason highs in both 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage, and they'll need Smith to be much better to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole at home on Wednesday.
Jun 5 - 11:06 PM

J.R. Smith was spotted with a soft wrap on his right hand while going through his pregame routine.

Smith suffered a small cut to the palm of his shooting hand during Game 1, but this is not an injury that will cost Smith any floor time. LeBron James made it a point to say that the Cavs need to do a better job of getting Smith involved on offense for Game 2, so expect him to be more aggressive with his shot selection tonight.
Jun 5 - 7:08 PM

LeBron James said that the Cavs need to do a better job of getting J.R. Smith involved in the offense for Game 2.

"He's a huge part of our success," James said, "and we've got to do a better job of trying to get him some looks early on and just to keep him engaged throughout the whole game. Three shot attempts is not enough for him." Smith played some solid defense against Klay Thompson during Game 1, but he was a no-show on offense, registering just three points on three attempts. Expect Smith to take on a more prominent role on the offensive end for Game 2.
Jun 5 - 6:22 PM

J.R. Smith scored three points with one rebound, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He was only 1-of-3 from the field and basically was asked to just play defense. It didn't help the Warriors really improved on their perimeter defense because the Cavs have been getting clean looks from three for basically the entire Eastern Conference playoffs.
Jun 2 - 11:41 PM

J.R. Smith scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Monday.

He only played two minutes in the fourth quarter. Coach Ty Lue is going with more of a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately approach, which may have cost Smith some run. He should play more back in Cleveland on Wednesday.
May 23 - 11:30 PM

J.R. Smith scored 22 points with five rebounds, one steal and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He was on his way to a huge night with an 11-point first quarter, but he slowed down with a scoreless second quarter. On the defensive side, Smith has received a lot of praise for his defense in these playoffs from coach Tyronn Lue. However, he was torched by DeMar DeRozan throughout this loss. Smith will continue to see huge minutes and take plenty of treys -- he has 15 attempts tonight.
May 21 - 11:06 PM

J.R. Smith was held to five points in Tuesday's win over the Raptors, shooting 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-3 from deep.

He was tasked with guarding DeMar DeRozan, so he had his hands full on the defensive end. Smith added three assists, two boards and two steals in 27 minutes, but this was third game in a row with single-digit points while shooting 30.7 percent from the field in that span. If he continues to defend the way he has, the Cavs won't mind his recent struggles on offense.
May 17 - 11:14 PM

Coach Tyronn Lue said J.R. Smith has become the Cavs' best defensive player this year.

"People didn’t think he could do that when he was with other teams," Lue said of Smith. "They thought he was just a specialist, a shooter, a scorer. Coming to this team, even last year, but this whole year he’s really stepped up and taken the challenge defensively." He's likely going to get the vast majority of the minutes against DeMar DeRozan. Smith also had a good run against the Raptors during the regular season, scoring 17.3 points per game on a terrific 68.4 true shooting percentage. He's a very nice DFS target right now.
May 16 - 4:25 PM

J.R. Smith struggled for Cleveland during Sunday's Game 4 win, going just 1-of-4 from the field on his way to three points, two boards, one steal, two block and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

Smith's only make came from beyond the arc, but tonight's stat line was pretty disappointing after he dominated his matchup through the first three games of the series. The Cavs will face either Toronto or Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals, which is going to be a tough matchup for Smith, so expect the streakiness to continue.
May 8 - 6:28 PM

The Cavaliers set an all-time NBA record with 25 made 3-pointers during Wednesday's lopsided Game 2 victory, aided by J.R. Smith's 23 points and 7-of-13 shooting from downtown.

The Cavs opened tonight's game with a 3-point avalanche, hitting a postseason-record 18 triples in the first half alone, with six of them coming from Smith. He wound up 8-of-14 from the field with two rebounds and two steals in just 28 minutes of action, and could have had an even bigger line if the game weren't wrapped up by halftime. Smith tweaked his groin during Game 4 vs. the Pistons but his status for the second round was never in doubt, and tonight's eruption confirms that he's feeling fine.
May 4 - 10:37 PM

J.R. Smith (groin) was able to practice on Thursday.

Smith is dealing with a tweaked groin from Friday's Game 4 win over the Pistons, but has plenty of time as Cleveland is still awaiting a winner from the Hawks-Celtics series. It would be a big surprise if Smith isn't ready to go for the start of the second round.
Apr 28 - 1:39 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
3Mo Williams
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3James Jones
4Dahntay Jones
5Jordan McRae
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
C1Tristan Thompson
2Timofey Mozgov
3Sasha Kaun