Knicks Could Be Without J.R. Smith In Game 3
INDIANAPOLIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — J.R. Smith will be a game-time decision Saturday night at Indiana.
Coach Mike Woodson said during his pregame availability that Smith would warm up before a decision is made on whether he will play. Smith is listed as active after missing the Knicks’ morning shootaround because he had a fever of about 102 degrees.
If Smith can’t go, it could have a big impact on Game 3 at Indiana. The series is tied 1-1.
Smith missed the Knicks morning shootaround because of a fever.
Smith averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds during the regular season and won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award. But his playoff numbers are down to 14.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, and he’s just 7 of 30 from the field and scoring only 25 points in the first two games against Indiana.
The Knicks still plan to use big man Amare Stoudemire, who has missed two months with a right knee injury.
Smith was fined $5,000 by the NBA for a flop during Game 1 of their playoff matchup against the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
Smith was defending Pacers guard Lance Stephenson when he ran into a pick set by David West. Smith fell to the court and wildly threw his arms up, exaggerating the contact and fooling the referee into believing it was much more severe than it really was.
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