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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 found the range offensively on Wednesday, scoring 16 points on 5-of-10 field goals, with all of his attempts coming from downtown.
There was some speculation that Smith would be benched in favor of Iman Shumpert tonight, but coach Tyronn Lue stayed the course and nearly came away with a crucial victory. Smith had just one field goal in the first two games of the Finals, so his five makes tonight were a welcome sight. Shumpert finished with just two points and one assist in 12 minutes, meanwhile, so Smith's role should be safe for Game 4 on Friday. Jun 8 - 12:20 AM

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Coach Tyronn Lue said that J.R. Smith will remain in the starting lineup for Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

Smith has been mostly invisible over the first two games of the Finals. He has tallied a total of just three points, two rebounds and zero assists in 42 minutes. As a result, rumors surfaced that Iman Shumpert might replace Smith as the team' starting shooting guard in Game 3. However, coach Lue has decided to stick with Smith as a starter for at least one more contest. If J.R. isn't aggressive and effective on both sides of the ball, Shump and Kyle Korver will see increased minutes at Smith's expense.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 6 - 12:55 PM

J.R. Smith could be benched in favor of Iman Shumpert in Game 3 of the Finals on Wednesday.

The Cavs encouraged Smith to be more aggressive after scoring three points in Game 1, but he was even worse in Game 2 with zero points on 0-of-2 shooting. Smith also isn't getting the job done on the defensive end and coach Tyronn Lue said defense will be the team's focus as they prepare for Game 3, so it seems likely that Shumpert will get the nod on Wednesday. If anything, maybe this will be a wakeup call for Smith.
Source: ESPN
Jun 5 - 10:21 AM

J.R. Smith finished the Cavs' Game 2 loss on Sunday with zero points on two shot attempts, adding two rebounds and one turnover with four fouls in 14 minutes.

Smith came into the Finals with a postseason usage rate of 9.7 percent, well below his regular-season average of 15.1 percent, and the Cavs have encouraged him to be more aggressive. "He's an assassin," Tyronn Lue said before the game. "Go out there and shoot. We need him." Iman Shumpert's defense and Kyle Korver's offense both took precedence tonight, and it's shaping up to be a dismal Finals for Smith.
Jun 4 - 11:22 PM

The Cavaliers want J.R. Smith to be more aggressive and to shoot it more in Game 2.

"He's an assassin," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "We're reminding him of that. Go out there and shoot. We need him to." Smith had just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in 28 minutes in Game 1, and while he usually steps up on the defensive end during the playoffs, he was poor on that end as well. Smith has only scored in double digits twice in 14 playoff games, a surprise for a player who claims his personal motto is, "When in doubt, shoot." Look for the Cavs to get him going early with so much focus on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Source: ESPN
Jun 4 - 12:58 PM

J.R. Smith scored three points with two turnovers in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He actually scored the first points of the game and he did have some offense go through him, but Smith's defense didn't help him today. The Cavs bench was not very good for this one and coach Ty Lue continues to shake things up with his rotation, so maybe he goes back to a more starter-heavy rotation for Game 2.
Jun 1 - 11:44 PM

Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson will start Game 1 against the Warriors on Thursday.

No surprises here as coach Ty Lue goes with his group he's counted on all year. The Cavs have been leaning on their second unit more than expected, but they may have to lean more on Smith for his defense in this game.
Jun 1 - 8:33 PM

J.R. Smith said locking in on defense is the "first order of business" against the Warriors.

"[It] doesn't matter if I score zero or 50," Smith said. Due to Kyle Korver playing well, Smith's minutes have taken a hit in the postseason. Considering how strong the Warriors offense is, coach Ty Lue may not be able to get away with playing Korver bigger minutes. After playing just 26.2 minutes per game in the first three rounds, Smith could get minutes in the 30s during the NBA Finals.
May 31 - 6:35 PM

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue praised J.R. Smith for his defensive effort against DeMar DeRozan in Game 2 on Wednesday.

"J.R. definitely made himself into a two-way player," Lue said. "We said it all last year, said it in the offseason, and because of injuries, he didn't get much of a rhythm for the regular season. But I feel like he's back in form where he left off last year in the postseason." Prior to Smith checking out for good in the fourth quarter, DeRozan had just one point and was 0-of-9 from the field. Smith's two jobs are to defend the opposing team's best perimeter player and to space the floor, but he doesn't have much fantasy appeal and is averaging 6.5 points, 2.0 boards and 1.8 triples through six playoff games.
Source: ESPN
May 4 - 9:43 AM

J.R. Smith (right thumb) made 2-of-4 shots with both of his makes coming from downtown on Wednesday, scoring six points with three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.

Smith did his damage in 31 minutes and showed no ill effects after tweaking his surgically-repaired thumb in Game 1. The Cavs made their first eight 3-point attempts tonight and they shot 54.7 percent from the team, including a pristine 18-of-33 from deep. Smith is one of many perimeter threats, but low usage makes him a dubious DFS target in the postseason.
May 3 - 10:02 PM

J.R. Smith (thumb) was a full participant during Wednesday morning's shootaround.

Smith tweaked his surgically repaired right thumb in Monday's Game 1 win over the Raptors, but he's not even being listed on the injury report for Game 2, so he should be just fine for tonight's game. We'll have official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Although he could return to a full workload tonight, he isn't a very strong target. With most of the shots going to the big three, Smith has produced just 0.37 FD ppm this postseason and his usage rate has fallen 4.6% to 10.8%. Of course, he is capable of scoring plenty when he gets hot, but he's only scored more than six points once in the 2017 playoffs - his big games will be few and far between.
May 3 - 11:15 AM

J.R. Smith tweaked his surgically repaired right thumb in Game 1 vs. the Raptors on Monday.

Coach Tyronn Lue said after the game that Smith would undergo X-rays, but Cavaliers reporter Joe Vardon refuted Lue's comments. Smith is expected to be "fine," but this is certainly something to keep an eye on going forward. He finished with six points, two rebounds, one assist and two triples in 22 minutes. For now, consider him probable for Game 2.
May 1 - 10:04 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Derrick Rose
3Jose Calderon
4Kay Felder
SG1J.R. Smith
2Kyle Korver
3Iman Shumpert
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
3Cedi Osman
PF1Kevin Love
2Jeff Green
C1Tristan Thompson
2Channing Frye
3Walter Tavares