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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 scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, two boards, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 29 minutes.
Smith was quiet through Cleveland’s first-round series, owning meager averages of 6.8 points, 1.8 triples and not much else on 45.0 percent shooting. He spent a lot of energy chasing around Paul George and was only operating with a usage rate of 10.2 (down from 14.5 during the regular-season), but maybe he’ll start going during Round 2. Smith also nearly blew the game for Cleveland with a bonehead turnover during the closing seconds, which can be viewed in the link below. Apr 23 - 4:07 PM

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J.R. Smith (hamstring) scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

He was solid on the defensive end, had a big rebound and a big assist to help earn this win. Smith did not play in the second half in Game 2, but he should be feeling closer to 100 percent in Game 4 on Sunday. Expect Smith to see minutes in the upper 30s as the Cavs look to lock up this series.
Apr 20 - 10:33 PM

J.R. Smith (hamstring) will start against the Pacers for Game 3 on Thursday.

He did not play in the second half in Game 2 due to a hamstring issue. Coach Ty Lue said he wasn't sure on the restriction for Smith, but there's a decent chance he won't be able to get to his 37 minutes from Game 1. If he is limited, that should mean more minutes for Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert.
Apr 20 - 5:41 PM

Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue said that J.R. Smith (hamstring) will be in the starting lineup if he's cleared to play in Game 3 against the Pacers on Thursday.

Smith was reportedly moving around well during Wednesday's practice, and he's stated on more than a few occasions that if it were up to him, he'd be out there, so perhaps the Cavs medical staff will allow him to play tonight. He'll likely be a game-time call, but if he is able to get back out there, Iman Shumpert won't play much more than 20 minutes. Stay tuned.
Apr 20 - 11:00 AM

J.R. Smith (hamstring) participated during Wednesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Thursday's Game 3 in Indiana.

Smith was seen jogging and getting some shots up when media was allowed into the practice facility on Wednesday and didn't appear to be all that hampered by his left hamstring, so things are trending in a positive direction regarding his status for Game 3. Smith has said that he'll play if the Cavs medical staff clears him, but given that hamstring injuries have a tendency to flare up if a player is brought back too soon, Cleveland might want to play it safe considering they're already up 2-0.
Apr 19 - 1:39 PM

J.R. Smith (left hamstring) said he will play in Game 3 vs. the Pacers if the Cavaliers let him.

"If they let me play, I'll play," he said. "My leg ain't broke." The Cavs held him out of the second half, but he didn't need an MRI and walked out of the arena without a limp. "I wanted to play. They didn't want me to play," a clearly frustrated Smith added. It sounds like the Cavs were just being cautious, but don't be surprised if he misses some time since the Cavs have a 2-0 series lead. He will have a few days to rest up before Thursday's game.
Source: ESPN
Apr 17 - 11:24 PM

J.R. Smith (left hamstring injury) will not return to Game 2 vs. the Pacers on Monday.

He can't catch a break this season. Smith looked visibly frustrated on the bench and the Cavs ruled him out very quickly. He's going to be re-evaluated after the game, so hopefully we'll get a better idea of the severity. Iman Shumpert started the second half and should see a nice bump in minutes along with Kyle Korver if Smith misses additional time in this series. Smith finished with three points and a turnover in 18 minutes.
Apr 17 - 8:39 PM

J.R. Smith scored six points with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Pacers in Game 1 on Saturday.

Despite numerous issues as a defender in the last month, coach Ty Lue leaned heavily on Smith to guard Paul George for most of his time out there. While George did light him up at times, Smith did contest for most of the shots and George was just locked in as a shooter. While Smith didn't do much on the stat sheet, he should have ample opportunity to improve in Game 2 on Monday. He's a viable punt in DFS.
Apr 15 - 6:07 PM

J.R. Smith scored nine points on 3-of-10 shooting Sunday, to go with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes.

Smith’s elite 3-point shooting has had him flirting with mid-round value over the past few weeks behind averages of 11.9 points, 3.3 triples, 4.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and just 0.9 turnovers per contest on 46.9 percent shooting. He’s prone to the occasional dud, but he's certainly worth owning for anyone looking to close the gap in the 3-point category.
Apr 9 - 6:40 PM

J.R. Smith scored three points with four rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

He was actually coming in with some very nice momentum this month, averaging 16.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.3 treys in his previous three games. No matter how hot he is, a bad game can come out of nowhere for Smith, so this is not a surprise. Expect him to get minutes and launch treys until the Cavs lock up the top seed.
Apr 7 - 9:57 PM

J.R. Smith had 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers on 7-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's 122-102 blowout win over the Magic.

Smith is suddenly cooking right now, averaging 15.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.8 3-pointers over his last four games, all while shooting well over 50 percent. We should get more of the same from Smith on Wednesday night at Boston, assuming his shot is still falling by then.
Apr 4 - 10:07 PM

J.R. Smith went 6-of-11 from downtown on Sunday, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 42 minutes.

One of J.R.'s makes gave Cleveland the lead with 2.8 seconds left in the first OT, but the Pacers tied it up to force another session. Ty Lue said he hopes Smith finally has his legs under him after a long layoff, and his perimeter shooting is even more important with Kyle Korver (foot) out indefinitely. He's worth a long look if you need 3-pointers and can live with poor FG percentages.
Apr 2 - 10:45 PM

J.R. Smith scored 12 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

The Cavs just haven't been good since Smith has returned. In the previous 72 minutes of the current starting lineup this month, that group has posted a woeful -22.0 net rating due to just disastrous defense, so maybe coach Ty Lue may want to make a change. While this was Smith's best stat line since returning from injury, we'd like to see him do it a couple more times before adding him.
Mar 30 - 10:44 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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