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

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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-9 shooting and had one rebound, two assists and two steals in Game 2 against Golden State on Sunday.
His Game 1 blunder has been the topic of endless discussion since Thursday night and some expected him to come out looking to make up for it. After a decent statistical night in Game 1, Smith was a virtual nonfactor in Game 2. J.R. got MVP chants as he clanked a free throw early on in Game 2. Having the home crowd in Cleveland showing him some love on Wednesday may get him back on track. Jun 3 - 11:09 PM

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Coach Ty Lue said on Friday that J.R. Smith "can shake off anything" after his error in Game 1 on Thursday.

This will go down as one of the worst mental lapses ever, but Lue added the Smith getting the rebound was big, and that rebound prevented the Warriors from getting an opportunity to take the lead in regulation. LeBron James also didn't throw Smith under the bus, but the Warriors -- especially Draymond Green -- had a little fun at Smith's expense. Smith has been brutal on the road, but it sounds like he'll have an opportunity to redeem himself. If he struggles early, maybe we see more Kyle Korver.
Jun 1 - 4:08 PM

J.R. Smith made a clock-management mistake at the end of regulation during a 124-114 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, scoring 10 points with six rebounds and two assists.

OK, maybe we're being nice on saying it was a clock-management mistake with Smith dribbling the ball out in a tie game and the clock winding down to end regulation. Smith explained himself after the game. "I was trying to get enough to bring it out to get a shot off," Smith said. "I knew we were tied, I thought we were going to call timeout. If I thought we were ahead, I'd have held onto the ball and let them foul me." However, coach Ty Lue said that J.R. told him that he thought they were up, so it's tough to buy what Smith is saying.
Jun 1 - 12:48 AM

J.R. Smith's right ankle didn't appear to bother him during Sunday's series-clinching win in Boston, as he posted 12 points, four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

Smith added one steal, one block and just one turnover, and he played pesky defense as part of a team-wide effort that limited Boston to 79 points on 34.1% shooting. Cavs coach Ty Lue said he hadn't heard anything about Smith's ankle prior to the game and "assume[d] he's great," and he'll get three more days to rest before Game 1 of the Finals.
May 27 - 11:29 PM

J.R. Smith scored five points with three rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He did tweak his right ankle as his foot made contact with Marcus Smart's foot, but Smith stayed in the game and looked fine. If Kevin Love does need to miss time, Smith would likely have more shots coming his way to help space the floor. He hasn't played well in Boston, so that would have to change.
May 25 - 11:28 PM

The NBA will not discipline J.R. Smith for his foul on Al Horford in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals.

It was called a flagrant 1 for pushing Horford in the back while Horford was in the air. Smith has not played well at all in this series with a combined four points on just 2-of-16 from the field. His minutes may take a hit due to poor play.
May 16 - 3:20 PM

J.R. Smith missed all seven of his shots and didn't score a point in 27 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Celtics.

He picked up a Flagrant 1 for pushing Al Horford in the back while he was mid-air and off balance, and then got into a shoving match with Marcus Smart, which could have resulted in an ejection and another flagrant after pushing Smart in the face. The flagrant also killed the small amount of momentum the Cavs were trying to muster while down just eight in the fourth quarter, allowing the Celtics to easily finish off the Cavs. Smith wasn't exactly engaged in the second half of this game and is now averaging 2.0 points on 2-of-16 shooting after two games in the series.
May 15 - 11:59 PM

J.R. Smith was under the weather in Game 3 according to coach Ty Lue.

Smith had four fouls, so that kept his minutes down anyways. After scoring a combined 35 points in Games 1 and 2, Smith was scoreless (0-of-2 FGs) in Game 3. "He was sick [Saturday] and he wasn’t supposed to play but he came in and gave us his best effort, which is big," Lue added. Game 4 is on Monday, so hopefully he'll feel a little better as the Cavs attempt to sweep the Raptors.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 2:36 PM

J.R. Smith hit 6-of-11 shots and 5-of-6 3-pointers for 20 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in Tuesday's 113-112 Game 1 win in overtime, and also made all three of his free throws.

LeBron James has been waiting for some help from his teammates and he got it tonight from Smith, Kyle Korver, Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green. Smith appears to be heating up, knocking down 11 3-pointers over his last three games after posting a goose egg against the Pacers in Game 3 last Wednesday. Smith kicked off the overtime period with a steal and then backed up a Korver 3-pointer with one of his own, giving the Cavs a 113-107 lead in the extra stanza. And the Cavs needed every point they got tonight, winning by just one in overtime.
May 1 - 11:21 PM

J.R. Smith shot 0-of-8 from the field to finish Wednesday's narrow home victory with zero points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes.

Before the game, Kevin Love said the Cavs have been focused on "not getting stagnant on offense ... have that weak-side action and continue to get open looks." Smith did get open looks but he continued to clank them, going 0-of-8 from downtown, and he's now averaging 6.3 points on 9-of-36 shooting (25.0 percent) since a solid Game 1. Kyle Korver scored 19 points with five triples tonight, and has been LeBron's only reliable running mate on offense the past few games.
Source: News-Herald
Apr 25 - 10:30 PM

J.R. Smith had five points, two steals, one assist and one block in 35 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, making 2-of-5 field goals and 1-of-2 free throws.

Smith and Kyle Korver slid into the starting lineup tonight, displacing Rodney Hood and Jeff Green, and the move resulted in a critical 100-97 victory. The results were less than stellar if you deployed Smith in DFS, of course, but inconsistency is nothing new for J.R. In 61 starts this season he averaged a modest 8.4 points on 39.3% shooting, 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals.
Apr 18 - 9:57 PM

J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver will move into the Cavs' starting lineup on Wednesday, replacing Rodney Hood and Jeff Green.

Rodney Hood and Jeff Green head to the bench as a consequence, which isn't a shock since both guys struggled during the Cavs' lopsided Game 1 defeat.
Apr 18 - 6:49 PM

J.R. Smith played through an illness on Friday vs. the Pelicans, scoring eight points (2-of-6 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with a pair of rebounds and triples in 20 minutes.

Smith was coming off a nice 19-point effort, but was averaging a mere 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 triples on 43.9% shooting in March prior to Friday. That’s not getting the job done for standard-league owners, especially in the fantasy playoffs. Smith should also lose some value when Kyle Korver (personal) rejoins the team and there are less shots to go around with Kevin Love back.
Mar 30 - 10:44 PM

J.R. Smith (illness) will play on Friday vs. the Pelicans.

This is great news for the Cavs with Kyle Korver (personal) still away from the team. Smith is coming off a strong 19-point game with five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes, but he's a hit-or-miss fantasy option -- he scored a combined six points in his previous two.
Mar 30 - 6:49 PM

J.R. Smith (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. New Orleans.

Smith is coming off one of his better games of the season. In Wednesday's win over the Hornets, he tallied 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting), five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. Kyle Korver (foot) has also been ruled out of Friday's contest. If Smith is unable to play, Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood would see an uptick in playing time.
Mar 30 - 11:23 AM