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J.R. Smith | Guard/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 220
College: None
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Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said he's been very impressed by J.R. Smith's defense.
After Smith poured in eight three-pointers in Game 1 on Wednesday, Blatt made sure to commend Smiths' improved defense. "He pays attention to scouting reports and works hard on that end of the court," Blatt told me a few weeks ago. "J.R. has been great." For his part, Smith may have given the quote of the day in saying, "I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day. It's kind of boring when you take open shots." As long as he continues his hot streak, Smith is a must-start in all fantasy formats. May 21 - 1:44 PM

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J.R. Smith caught fire against the Hawks during a Game 1 win on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and eight 3-pointers.

He scored all 28 of the Cleveland bench points and coach David Blatt was pleased. "When he gets hot, he gets smokin' hot," Blatt said. Smith is obviously happy to be in Cleveland instead of with the Knicks. He'll look to tell his critics to pipe down again in Game 2 on Friday.
May 20 - 11:40 PM

J.R. Smith posted a picture of he and Iman Shumpert on Instragram after the Cavs' Game 6 win on Thursday (advancing them to the Eastern Conference Finals), with the caption: "One man's trash, is another man's treasure."

Shots fired! Phil Jackson traded away both Smith and Shumpert back in early-January for next to nothing, and while both players were unable to grasp the triangle offense, they have played very well in coach David Blatt's system. Jackson, who coached the Lakers and Bulls to a collective 11 championships, has had a rough run as president of basketball operations for the Knicks. So far, he's traded away Smith, Shumpert, and Tyson Chandler while receiving little in return, and the Knicks posted a franchise-worst record of 17-65 this season. This is unfamiliar territory for Phil to say the least.
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 1:26 PM

J.R. Smith again outplayed starter Iman Shumpert during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Bulls, scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, to go with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and one turnover.

Shumpert struggled mightily going just 1-of-8 from the field and he finished the game with just five points, four rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block, and his lack of offense has now twice dug the Cavs into an early hole. The stats would suggest that Smith should be starting, and it'll be interesting to see if head coach David Blatt decides to listen to the numbers on Tuesday.
May 10 - 6:56 PM

Updating a previous report, J.R. Smith will again come off the bench for Game 4 against the Bulls on Sunday.

Smith came off the bench during Game 3, but still managed to score 14 points with two rebounds, one assist, and four 3-pointers over 27 minutes of action. He'll likely see close to 30 minutes tonight in his second game back with the team.
May 10 - 3:20 PM

J.R. Smith will slide back into the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 in Chicago, sending Iman Shumpert back to the bench.

Smith hit some very clutch treys for the Cavs during his 26 minutes of action on Friday, and he really outplayed fellow swingman Shumpert. Smith will likely see his minutes in the 30s tonight, meaning Shumpert's minutes and fantasy value is due to take a hit with the demotion to the second-unit.
May 10 - 3:04 PM

J.R. Smith made three clutch 3-pointers down the stretch against the Bulls on Friday, finishing with 14 points, two rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers.

He played 27 total minutes and played most of the fourth quarter. Smith had a couple bad plays on defense, but he's a good bet to move back into the starting lineup on Sunday. Additionally, Smith has not reached out to Jae Crowder (knee) to apologize for actions which caused the suspension.
Source: Mass Live
May 8 - 10:51 PM

Iman Shumpert (groin) will start against the Bulls on Friday night with J.R. Smith coming off the bench.

The Cavs are sticking with what worked in Game 2 with Tristan Thompson also in the starting lineup. Shumpert probably won't be playing more than 20 minutes tonight with J.R. Smith ready to go. Smith should also get a nice chunk of minutes at the three in this pivotal road game. However, Smith's fantasy supporters should temper expectations slightly with this news.
May 8 - 7:48 PM

J.R. Smith will return from his two-game suspension on Friday for Cleveland's Game 3 in Chicago.

"Absolutely it's an addition and a positive one. To that, there's no negative side," Blatt said regarding Smith's impending return. "We're getting one of our main guys back, a guy who knows how to play, a guy who's been a big contributor and a guy who fits in with us." With Iman Shumpert's (groin) status still up in the air for Friday's game, Smith could be forced into heavy minutes in his return to the Cavs' rotation. He'll be a decent daily league target tonight.
May 8 - 10:13 AM

J.R. Smith has been suspended for two games for his shot to Jae Crowder's face on Sunday.

He won't play in Game 1 or 2 in the second round. Considering his history, the suspension could have been a lot worse for Smith and at least the Cavs will have him back when they go on the road for Game 3. The Cavs are also not going to have Kevin Love (shoulder), so expect more from Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Matthew Dellavedova. Thompson and Shumpert are the two most attractive fantasy options.
Apr 27 - 7:02 PM

J.R. Smith said his hit to Jae Crowder's head in Sunday's Game 4 win was unintentional.

Bluntly, the video tells another story, and Smith is more than likely to face a suspension. "There was nothing malicious about it," Smith said. "I didn’t try to do anything to hurt him or anybody else. "I’ve been in this situation before in the playoffs and it’s not a good feeling." The last part is the most important, as Smith can't afford to continue making these types of mistakes throughout his career. Although he's been mostly good since arriving in Cleveland, this was a bad look for Smith on a national stage. Don't expect to see Smith for at least the first game of the Cavs' second-round series.
Apr 27 - 9:21 AM

J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics for a Flagrant 2 foul against Jae Crowder.

Smith was boxing out Crowder, and then hit him with a vicious elbow to the face, and there's a good chance Smith is looking at a suspension from the league. He'll finish Sunday's game with eight points, two 3-pointers, and two steals. Iman Shumpert will likely pick up most of his minutes during the Cavs' next game. Click the link below to see the dirty play for yourself.
Apr 26 - 2:46 PM

LeBron James said that J.R. Smith is simply misunderstood, and he showered praise on him for his work ethic and defensive effort.

"He comes out every single day and works his tail off to try to get better, to help our team win," James said in regards to Smith. "He defends at a high level and he’s a great teammate and he’s a great guy." Smith is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 treys through the first three games of the series against Boston, and he will look to help the Cavaliers sweep the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday.
Source: ESPN
Apr 25 - 11:04 AM

J.R. Smith stole the ball five times vs. Boston on Tuesday, adding seven points, four rebounds and one assist with one turnover in 34 minutes during the Cavs' Game 2 win.

Smith deserves a ton of credit for fitting seamlessly into the Cavaliers' starting lineup. He was a key factor in Game 2, compensating for poor shooting with boundless energy at both ends of the court, while fellow swingman Iman Shumpert chipped in two points, five rebounds and solid defense in 26 minutes off the bench. Cleveland will try to put a stranglehold on the series on Thursday.
Apr 21 - 10:04 PM

Foul trouble limited J.R. Smith to just 19 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday, and he managed just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Smith added two 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover, and he just wasn't much of a factor today. Smith is basically an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets hot, he can really light up the 3-point category. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance for Game 2 on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 5:52 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3Joe Harris
4James Jones
SF1LeBron James
2Shawn Marion
3Mike Miller
PF1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
C1Timofey Mozgov
2Brendan Haywood
3Kendrick Perkins
4Anderson Varejao