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May 21, 2018, 11:23 pmJ.R. SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
J.R. Smith scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and three triples in Monday's win over the Celtics.
Smith stayed true to form and drilled some heavily contested triples, scoring all of his points from beyond the arc. The Celtics started to attack Smith on defense and he wasn't able to put up much of a fight against Jaylen Brown, but with Jayson Tatum playing a bit passive the Celtics couldn't take full advantage of the mismatch. If Smith can't hit his triples than he becomes unplayable as his defense can't be relied on. Lucky for the Cavs he had it going tonight.
May 7, 2018, 11:14 pmJ.R. SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
J.R. Smith scored 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting with three triples, two boards, three assists and two steals in Monday's Game 4 win over the Raptors.
Smith was rocking the Nike Supremes tonight and drained all three of his shots from deep. He ended the first half with 15 points and with the game well beyond reach, the Cavs didn't need him to score any additional points to seal the 35-point victory over the Raptors. He's a streaky shooter, but the Cavs are going to need him to keep this up if they're going to make it to the Finals again.
April 25, 2018, 10:15 pmJ.R. SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
J.R. Smith didn't score in the Cavs' crucial Game 5 win over the Pacers on Wednesday night, shooting 0-for-8 but adding two rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Luckily LeBron put the team on his back and Kyle Korver hit five triples because there wasn't much help elsewhere. Kevin Love was the only other double-digit scorer with 11 points but even he shot 2-of-11. It doesn't get much worse than Smith's shooting night though where he shot 0-for-8 and 0-for-6 from deep. The Cavs may get by the Pacers on Friday or Sunday but to go further than the second round, they'll need a whole lot more from Smith and the rest of the supporting cast.
April 22, 2018, 11:25 pmKyle KorverSG/SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyle Korver stepped up with 18 points, two blocks and four 3-pointers in Sunday's huge road win.
Korver went scoreless in Game 3 and delivered a much-needed bounceback performance. He wasn't the only one, as Jordan Clarkson and J.R. Smith scored 12 apiece (including a miracle heave from Smith in the first quarter) after combining for 10 points in the previous contest. Clarkson had only scored 10 points all series prior to tonight. There was still a lot to improve upon in this one, but the fact that some role players stepped up will send this series back to Cleveland all tied up at two.
April 20, 2018, 10:38 pmGeorge HillPG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
George Hill scored 13 points (no 3s) and added just one assist and one rebound in Friday’s 92-90 road loss in Indiana.
Hill only got 23 minutes (which is actually his highest total this series) but looked relatively passive and after Cleveland plain stunk it up after halftime, coach Lue decided on trying to get more firepower into the game. It didn’t work; nothing worked in the second half for the Cavs except LeBron James. J.R. Smith (3-for-11, two threes) and Rodney Hood (4-for-8, no threes) added eight points in the loss.
April 18, 2018, 9:58 pmKyle KorverSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyle Korver scored 12 points, all on four 3-pointers, to go with three rebounds, an assist and a steal in the Cavs’ 100-97 win over the Pacers on Wednesday night.
Korver was part of a lineup adjustment made by Ty Lue on Wednesday night. Lue elected to remove Jeff Green and Rodney Hood from the starting lineup in favor of Korver and J.R. Smith. While the Cavaliers obviously needed every bit of LeBron James’ 46 points, this move appeared to really pay off. Korver finished a plus-15 and Smith, while not making any 3s, made big defensive plays finishing with five points, two steals and a block. Hood and Green were limited to only 29 minutes combined and based on Cleveland’s success on Wednesday night, it may stay that way for the rest of this series.
April 15, 2018, 11:14 pmLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. led the Cavaliers bench alongside J.R. Smith as the only two players to shoot over 50 percent from the field.
Nance finished with 10 points, five boards, two steals, a block and an assist on 5-of-7 shooting while Smith hit 6-of-11 shots for 15 points, three triples, two boards and an assist. Besides Nance and Smith the Cavs were abysmal from the field, finishing a shade under 39 percent shooting. Nance logged 30 minutes while Smith played 29 minutes and there may even be a lineup change for Game 2 to get Smith back in the starting five.
April 11, 2018, 11:25 pmJ.R. SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
J.R. Smith didn't score a point in the Cavs' season finale loss to the Knicks on Wednesday night.
J.R. Smith ended up with a decent bounce-back season after missing half of last season. J.R. only averaged 8.4 points, his lowest since 2006 but he fixed his shot with 40 percent from the floor after last season's horrific 34 percent. Smith added 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists. His role is not as clearly defined as it was in past seasons for Cleveland but Smith can still shoot the lights out. This may be the season that gets remembered as, "that season when J.R. threw soup at a coach" but Smith showed he can still have value as a deep league 3-point specialist with 20 games of three or more triples.
April 9, 2018, 10:53 pmJordan ClarksonPG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jordan Clarkson and J.R. Smith scored 16 points apiece off the bench in Monday's road victory.
Clarkson went 5-of-9 from the field with three assists in 22 minutes while Smith saw 32, going 6-of-13 with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Each player hit four 3-pointers on the night. Clarkson offers more upside and is the better choice for Wednesday, while Smith really fell off the map this year with some terrible shooting slumps.
March 30, 2018, 6:52 pmKevin LovePF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love (concussion) will play on Friday against the Pelicans.
It looks like Love will only miss one game with his concussion and he should be safe to get back into your lineups. J.R. Smith (illness) is also good to go.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
March 30, 2018, 11:32 amJ.R. SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
J.R. Smith (illness) is questionable for Friday's game versus the Pelicans.
Smith's status is up in the air after missing morning shootaround. The Cavs are already thin at shooting guard with Kyle Korver (foot) already being ruled out. If Smith is forced to sit out tonight's game Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson would be the primary beneficiaries.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
March 28, 2018, 10:12 pmJ.R. SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
J.R. Smith had 19 points (8-of-9 from the field) with five rebounds, three assists and three steals on Wednesday.
This is almost the perfect game from Smith as it was only missing a few more 3-pointers. He's mainly a 3-point specialist right now but has been tragic even in that regard of late. He can pop off like this on occasion but it's just not bankable and it's hard to swallow a misfire at this point in the season.
March 20, 2018, 7:11 pmRodney HoodSG/SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Rodney Hood is now questionable to face the Raptors on Wednesday night.
Hood’s ailing back had him listed as out in this afternoon’s game notes but he’s closer to a return than initially thought. His return will take time from J.R. Smith though Kyle Korver is likely to keep starting given his strong play of late. Hood can carve out late-round value when he’s in a groove but has been scuffling since joining the Cavs, so he’s by no means a must-add option.
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