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

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 225
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (18) / NO
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J.R. Smith scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Monday.
He only played two minutes in the fourth quarter. Coach Ty Lue is going with more of a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately approach, which may have cost Smith some run. He should play more back in Cleveland on Wednesday. May 23 - 11:30 PM

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J.R. Smith scored 22 points with five rebounds, one steal and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

He was on his way to a huge night with an 11-point first quarter, but he slowed down with a scoreless second quarter. On the defensive side, Smith has received a lot of praise for his defense in these playoffs from coach Tyronn Lue. However, he was torched by DeMar DeRozan throughout this loss. Smith will continue to see huge minutes and take plenty of treys -- he has 15 attempts tonight.
May 21 - 11:06 PM

J.R. Smith was held to five points in Tuesday's win over the Raptors, shooting 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-3 from deep.

He was tasked with guarding DeMar DeRozan, so he had his hands full on the defensive end. Smith added three assists, two boards and two steals in 27 minutes, but this was third game in a row with single-digit points while shooting 30.7 percent from the field in that span. If he continues to defend the way he has, the Cavs won't mind his recent struggles on offense.
May 17 - 11:14 PM

Coach Tyronn Lue said J.R. Smith has become the Cavs' best defensive player this year.

"People didn’t think he could do that when he was with other teams," Lue said of Smith. "They thought he was just a specialist, a shooter, a scorer. Coming to this team, even last year, but this whole year he’s really stepped up and taken the challenge defensively." He's likely going to get the vast majority of the minutes against DeMar DeRozan. Smith also had a good run against the Raptors during the regular season, scoring 17.3 points per game on a terrific 68.4 true shooting percentage. He's a very nice DFS target right now.
Source: Ohio.com
May 16 - 4:25 PM

J.R. Smith struggled for Cleveland during Sunday's Game 4 win, going just 1-of-4 from the field on his way to three points, two boards, one steal, two block and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

Smith's only make came from beyond the arc, but tonight's stat line was pretty disappointing after he dominated his matchup through the first three games of the series. The Cavs will face either Toronto or Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals, which is going to be a tough matchup for Smith, so expect the streakiness to continue.
May 8 - 6:28 PM

The Cavaliers set an all-time NBA record with 25 made 3-pointers during Wednesday's lopsided Game 2 victory, aided by J.R. Smith's 23 points and 7-of-13 shooting from downtown.

The Cavs opened tonight's game with a 3-point avalanche, hitting a postseason-record 18 triples in the first half alone, with six of them coming from Smith. He wound up 8-of-14 from the field with two rebounds and two steals in just 28 minutes of action, and could have had an even bigger line if the game weren't wrapped up by halftime. Smith tweaked his groin during Game 4 vs. the Pistons but his status for the second round was never in doubt, and tonight's eruption confirms that he's feeling fine.
May 4 - 10:37 PM

J.R. Smith (groin) was able to practice on Thursday.

Smith is dealing with a tweaked groin from Friday's Game 4 win over the Pistons, but has plenty of time as Cleveland is still awaiting a winner from the Hawks-Celtics series. It would be a big surprise if Smith isn't ready to go for the start of the second round.
Apr 28 - 1:39 PM

J.R. Smith (groin) was withheld from Wednesday's practice.

Smith tweaked his groin during Game 4's win over the Pistons, but his absence from Wednesday's practice feels more precautionary than anything else, as head coach Tyronn Lue said he'll be fine. Cleveland is currently awaiting the results of the Atlanta-Boston first-round series to determine whom they will play in the second-round, but with that series not set to conclude until Thursday at the earliest, Smith has plenty of time to rest up.
Apr 27 - 12:37 PM

J.R. Smith made 3-of-9 from the field for nine points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

He basically had nowhere to go but down after a terrific 21-point, seven-trey outing in Game 2. Smith only attempted five shots from the field in his final three quarters to finish with an uncharacteristic 11.5 usage rate in this game. Smith will be a hit-and-miss scorer in basically every game.
Apr 22 - 10:14 PM

J.R. Smith drained seven 3-pointers en route to 21 points on Wednesday, as the Cavs earned a 2-0 series lead vs. the Pistons.

Smith added five rebounds and his quick-trigger perimeter shooting repeatedly took the wind out of the Pistons' sails tonight. The Cavs poured in 20-of-38 triples tonight, setting a franchise playoff record and tying the NBA playoff record, a barrage that turned a tight game at halftime in a rout by the fourth quarter.
Apr 20 - 11:06 PM

J.R. Smith scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with three rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and two steals in 35 minutes.

Smith didn't have a ton of opportunity on the offensive end with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love dominating the offense, but he still managed to produce a low-end stat line. This is more or less what you can expect from Smith moving forward, with the occasional 3-point shooting outburst.
Apr 17 - 6:59 PM

J.R. Smith (rest) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

With Iman Shumpert (knee) also unavailable, it'll likely be James Jones entering the starting lineup for Smith, and he figures to earn some heavy minutes with Cleveland entering Wednesday's game with only eight active players. However, on a 14-game Wednesday night, Jones still isn't all that ideal of a potential DFS target.
Apr 13 - 11:44 AM

J.R. Smith was on fire vs. the Bulls on Saturday, scoring 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

He added six boards, four assists, one steal and seven 3-pointers in 37 minutes, and he took advantage of some extra playing time with Iman Shumpert (knee) on the shelf. Smith is heating up at the perfect time for the Cavs as they gear up for a postseason run, posting averages of 18.8 points, 3.0 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 4.8 3-pointers over his last five games. He will be a popular target in DFS if the Cavs rest any studs next week or if Shumpert misses more time.
Apr 10 - 12:04 AM

J.R. Smith failed to connect on a 3-pointer vs. the Pacers on Wednesday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting with two assists, one block and zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

Smith's 197 made 3-pointers this season are a new Cavaliers franchise record, but he couldn't get anything going vs. a Pacers team that ranks 2nd in 3-point percentage allowed (33.2 percent). Cleveland will wrap up their road trip vs. the Bulls on Saturday, another tough matchup for perimeter purposes.
Apr 6 - 10:08 PM

The Cavaliers cruised past the Bucks on Tuesday behind J.R. Smith's 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc.

Smith added two rebounds, one assist and one steal with just one turnover in 26 minutes. All but one of his attempts were from downtown and he's red-hot over his past two games, connecting on 13-of-20 triples to help Cleveland extend their win streak to four games.
Apr 5 - 10:59 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
3Mo Williams
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3James Jones
4Dahntay Jones
5Jordan McRae
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
C1Tristan Thompson
2Timofey Mozgov
3Sasha Kaun