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

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 225
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (18) / NO
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J.R. Smith was back in the Cavs' starting five on Wednesday, finishing 1-of-7 from the field with one 3-pointer to score three points.
Smith added three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes, but that doesn't compensate for another lousy night shooting the ball. He's a combined 6-of-31 in his past three games, and almost has to be benched in fantasy until he warms up. Mar 22 - 11:55 PM

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J.R. Smith will start Wednesday's game, bumping Iman Shumpert to the second unit.

This was the plan all along, as Tyronn Lue only kept Smith on the bench to have more shooting in the second unit. With Kyle Korver (foot) returning tonight, Smith was pushed back to his usual starting role.
Mar 22 - 7:35 PM

J.R. Smith couldn't find the range on Sunday, going 1-of-7 from the field for two points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes off the bench.

Before the game, coach Tyronn Lue said that Smith will "probably" return to the starting lineup once Kyle Korver (foot) is healthy. He's keeping Smith on the bench behind Iman Shumpert because he wants another shooter with the second unit. Smith would be well-served if he got easier looks complements of LeBron and Kyrie as a starter, and his owners should be wishing Korver a quick recovery.
Mar 20 - 12:39 AM

J.R. Smith moved into the starting lineup on Saturday vs. the Clippers, but flopped with 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting.

Not good. Smith was actually coming off a pair of nice games with averages of 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 3.5 triples, but he missed all seven of his 3-pointers tonight and added six rebounds and one assist. Considering Kyrie Irving (rest), LeBron James (rest), Kevin Love (rest) and Kyle Korver (foot) were all out, Smith's line was a huge letdown. He remains a volatile option in standard leagues.
Mar 18 - 10:51 PM

J.R. Smith is in the starting lineup against the Clippers on Saturday.

It'll be his first start since returning from injury. With the Cavs resting their star offensive players, Smith is probably licking his chops at the shots coming his way. He's still probably not worth owning beyond tonight unless you're fishing for treys.
Mar 18 - 7:19 PM

J.R. Smith ended up with just two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench Sunday against the Rockets.

Smith had an ugly night from the floor and he missed all four of his 3-point tries. He looked decent last time out in Orlando with 11 points in 21 minutes, but he has hit 2-of-15 field goals in his other two games since returning from thumb surgery. Right now he is only worth keeping around in deeper fantasy formats until he irons out his shooting woes.
Mar 12 - 11:42 PM

J.R. Smith had a decent game on Saturday vs. the Magic, scoring 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

He hit three 3-pointers in 21 minutes, but didn't exactly stuff the stat sheet with one rebound and one assist. Smith has struggled with his shot all season and was shooting 32.6 percent from the field prior to Saturday, but maybe he can make some noise with four games on the schedule next week. With Kyle Korver (foot) expected to miss a week, give Smith a look if he plays well again on Sunday vs. Houston.
Mar 11 - 9:39 PM

J.R. Smith will come off the bench against the Magic on Saturday and will have a minutes limit.

He should have his minutes limited for a handful of more games, but Smith himself said he's where he should be for conditioning. He should have some fantasy value at some point, but it's tough to stash him when a lot of leagues are in the fantasy playoffs.
Mar 11 - 5:45 PM

J.R. Smith finally made it back to the court after missing his last 33 games due to thumb surgery, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points in 19 minutes.

He also managed a +/- of -28, so his defense was just as rusty as his offensive game. He'll get it figured out eventually, but perhaps the biggest impact of his return will be to limit the minutes of Kyle Korver. However, we still don't really know, as Korver sat this one out with a sore foot.
Mar 9 - 10:19 PM

J.R. Smith (thumb) will be available to play against the Pistons on Thursday.

He did not shootaround this morning because of an illness, so he's not a complete lock to play. He will also have his minutes limited. On the other hand, Smith did say his wind is fine following his practice on Wednesday and he's more concerned with the mental part of it. Once Smith does hit the court, it'll take away from Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver.
Mar 9 - 6:07 PM

J.R. Smith (thumb) is aslo battling an illness and did not go through shootaround on Thursday.

Smith hinted on Wednesday that he's not expecting to play against the Pelicans, though he's still considered questionable. With Kyle Korver (foot) already ruled out, that means we could see more two-PG lineups with Deron Williams getting a bump in minutes. Smith was averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 triples and 1.2 steals per game on 33.7 percent shooting prior to his thumb injury, so he's a lukewarm pickup in standard leagues.
Mar 9 - 10:18 AM

J.R. Smith (thumb) is unlikely to play against the Pistons on Thursday.

To be clear, this is a report based on Smith's comments and is not an official statement from the team. Smith also said his thumb feels good and he's more concerned with the mental part of it. He has been working hard in the gym and said his stamina should be fine during games. Smith should be back this weekend, so he's a possible pickup for anyone needing to bolster their 3-pointers.
Mar 8 - 2:42 PM

J.R. Smith (thumb surgery) has been cleared for full contact practices, and he is being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Pistons.

Smith is currently going through a practice with the Cavs, and we can expect to get another update following Thursday morning's shootaround. As for Smith's fantasy value, he was averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 triples and 1.2 steals per game on 33.7 percent shooting prior to going down, which was only good enough for 13th round value in standard 9-cat leagues, so he's really only worth a look in deep leagues if you're desperate for 3-pointers. Kyle Korver's value will likely take a slight hit with Smith back in the fold.
Mar 8 - 12:41 PM

J.R. Smith (thumb) will be re-evaluated on Monday according to ESPN.

Smith will not play on Monday vs. the Heat, but his return is "imminent." A report in early march suggested that he would back in 10-14 days, but we could get an update on his timetable during tonight's game. His return could hurt the value of Kyle Korver, but most fantasy owners will want to use a wait-and-see approach here. Smith wasn't playing well prior to the injury, as he was shooting just 33.7 percent from the field.
Source: ESPN
Mar 6 - 12:45 PM

Coach Ty Lue said J.R. Smith (thumb) could be back in 10-14 days, according to the ESPN broadcast.

Smith himself said he's hoping to return as soon as possible. The Cavs have been saying two weeks for a while now, so it's tough to put too much stock in this report. Still, we're expecting Smith back at some point this month.
Mar 3 - 7:57 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2DeAndre Liggins
3Deron Williams
4Kay Felder
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3Kyle Korver
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
3James Jones
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
3Derrick Williams
C1Tristan Thompson
2Larry Sanders