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5 J.R. Smith SG
Height/Weight: 6-6/225 | Birthdate: 9/9/1985 | Birthplace: Freehold, NJ | Team: Cleveland Cavaliers | College: No College | NBA Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 83/56 | Average Draft Position: 92.15
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Retaining SG J.R. Smith may not be big priority for Cavaliers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Cavaliers general manager David Griffin does not appear particularly eager to bring back shooting guard J.R. Smith, who has opted out of his contract to explore free agency.

Smith performed well throughout the regular season and at times in the playoffs. But he also lost the first game of the Eastern Conference semifinals to a suspension and collapsed in the NBA Finals. His poor shooting and untimely fouls contributed to the Cleveland defeat.

Smith will be pursued by the Cavaliers "if it's the right situation for us," Griffin told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.


Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith officially becomes a free agent


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Cavaliers general manager David Griffin announced guard J.R. Smith has become a free agent. Smith did not opt into his contract by the 11:59pm deadline on Thursday, officially making him a free agent, according to ESPN.com. 

Smith had previously said that he wanted to return to Cleveland. However, for that to come true now, it will have to be with a new contract. Griffin did say the Cavaliers will try to re-sign Smith, who averaged more than 12 points per game last season.


Cavs guard J.R. Smith wants to remain in Cleveland next season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) With Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith holding a player option on his contract for next season, Smith said after the NBA Finals on Tuesday that he absolutely wants to be back with the Cavs next season, reports Cleveland.com.

In 70 games this season, Smith averaged 12.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. He scored 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting in the Game 6 loss.


Cavaliers G J.R. Smith frustrated by poor play


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) The absence of offensive stalwarts Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love requires others aside from LeBron James to step up for the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

The logical choice is guard J.R. Smith. He is the most explosive shooter on the team. But he is also the streakiest. And he's gone cold at the worst time.

Smith was 2-for-12 from the field in the Game 4 defeat that wiped out homecourt advantage for his team. He missed all eight from beyond the arc. He is now shooting 30 percent (14-for-47) in the series.

His self-evaluation of his Thursday performance?

"Horse (bleep)," he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I put a lot on myself, especially with guys being out. You just try to do the best you can when you can. It's just not paying off right now."

Smith bottomed out early in the fourth quarter with three consecutive clanked three-pointers in a span of 36 seconds. The team prefers that he remain aggressive with his shot, but they aren't falling.


Cavaliers G J.R. Smith admits fretting backlash after bad game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Cavaliers super sub J.R. Smith was thrilled when his team hung on in overtime Sunday night to beat the Warriors and even the NBA finals at a game apiece. He was happy for the team, but he had very selfish reasons as well.

He didn't want to live with the backlash of a terrible performance.

Smith shot just 5-of-13 from the floor to make him 8-for-26 in the series, but that was the least of his problems in Game 2. He not only committed six turnovers, but he played a huge role in a late Golden State surge that turned an 11-point deficit into a tie game by committing three unnecessary fouls that gave him six and ended his night.

"Mostly I looked at it as my fault," he told the New York Post. "I had a lot of dumb fouls and turnovers. I put ourselves in a situation for us to lose that game. I lost my focus, but fortunately I have great teammates."

As he sat on the bench in overtime, he was imagining the social media nightmare that would follow a Cleveland defeat.

"I was thinking, 'Please win this game. I don't want the phone calls, the text messages, the Instagrams and tweets," Smith said. "I don't need that."


Cavaliers SG J.R. Smith feels like Knicks tossed him away like trash


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith is thriving. He's playing alongside the best player in the world and will get to play in his first NBA Finals, something that would have been just a pipe dream had he remained with the Knicks this year.

Smith, though, feels slighted that the Knicks used him as a "throw-in" in the trade that landed him and teammate Iman Shumpert with the Cavaliers, per The New York Post.

Smith recently posted a picture to his Instagram account that depicted his and Shumpert's time with the Knicks and now their time with the Cavaliers. The picture was accompanied by the caption: 'One man's trash is another [man's] treasure.'

 “Absolutely," Smith said when asked if the Knicks discarded him as if he was trash. "To hear I was a throw-in to the trade just to get you off the books and for us to go over there and thrive, I think that’s absolutely how I feel.’’

Smith is averaging 13.5 points on 40 percent shooting from three-point range in the playoffs.


Cavaliers SG J.R. Smith thinks open shots are boring


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith has a taste for the unusual. For one, he prefers contested shots to open ones, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I’d rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day,” Smith said. “It’s kind of boring when you take open shots.”

Smith, who is averaging 13.5 points per game while shooting 40 percent from three-point land in the playoffs, has been a key contributor to the Cavs' NBA Finals run.


Cavaliers' J.R. Smith hits eight 3-pointers in Game 1 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith scored 28 points on 10 of 16 shooting, including 8 of 10 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 97-89 win over the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday.

Smith delivered a similar performance in the penultimate game of the regular season, and after serving as a role player in the team's first two playoff series, he exploded offensively to combine with scoring leader LeBron James for 59 of the team's 97 points. Smith also racked up eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes off the bench.

The two teams will square off in Game 2 on Friday in Atlanta.


Cavs' J.R. Smith on Game 5 altercation: 'Just don't hit nobody'


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) When the Cavaliers and Bulls were involved in an altercation during Game 5 on Tuesday, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith had just one thought while mixed up in the incident, reports Cleveland.com.

"Just don't hit nobody," he said. "That was my main thing."

Smith was suspended for the first two games of the series after hitting Celtics forward Jae Crowder. During the Game 5 altercation, Smith was pushed in the back by Bulls guard Aaron Brooks, but Smith didn't retaliate.

"There was definitely a fire lit, but I tried to keep my cool as much as I could," he said. "The first thing I thought about was the previous situation [in Boston]. I didn't want to do anything that would put myself in a situation where I did the first two games. I just wanted to separate my guys, regroup and go from there."


Cavaliers SG J.R. Smith speaks of regret, anticipation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has expressed regret for his smack of Boston counterpart Jae Crowder that cost him two playoff games. But he apparently only regrets the suspension - not his action itself - that left his team short-handed in the first two games of the playoff series against Chicago.

Smith admitted he has not contacted Crowder to apologize.

The sharpshooter was ecstatic Friday as he anticipated his return for Game 3 against the host Bulls.

"There's no better feeling," he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Being able to go out there and play playoff basketball with your teammates is something that I definitely don't take for granted. Especially after missing the last two games."

Smith added that he was in an emotional state during his absence. He said he kept his television on mute as he watched the first two games in the fear that his name would be mentioned in a negative light.

He regrets not being available, especially with fellow starter Kevin Love out with a shoulder injury.

"We were already shorthanded ... and then [I] missed two games where I ... could have helped," Smith said.


Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert, forward Mike Miller to start Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert and forward Mike Miller will start Monday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in place of J.R. Smith and Kevin Love, according to Cleveland.com.

Smith is suspended for the first two games of the series after getting ejected for punching Jae Crowder in Game 4 of their opening round series. Love will miss the rest of the playoffs with after undergoing shoulder surgery. 

Shumpert averaged 8.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 62 games this season. Miller averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 52 games. The Cavaliers are currently 4 1/2-point favorites against the Bulls.


NBA suspends J.R. Smith two games, Kelly Olynyk one game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The NBA has suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games and Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk for their actions in Sunday's Game 4 in Boston, according to ESPN.

Smith punch forward Jae Crowder in the head while jumping up for a rebound and was immediately ejected. Crowder landed awkwardly on his leg and was later diagnosed with an ACL sprain. He will miss the first two games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Smith is averaging 9.8 points per game this postseason.

Olynyk grabbed forward Kevin Love's arm while fighting for a loose ball, dislocating his shoulder. He will serve his suspension to begin the 2015-2016 season. 


Cavaliers' J.R. Smith 'nervous as hell' about possible suspension


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, who was ejected from Sunday's series clinching victory after striking the Celtics' Jae Crowder in the face and drawing a flagrant foul 2, said there was "nothing malicious" about the foul, per ESPN.com.

Smith now faces a possible league suspension for the next round of the playoffs after the NBA reviews the penalty. Smith said he was drawn into the action by Crowder pushing him in the back on the play. 

"I know I'm nervous as hell to see what could come out of this," Smith said. 


Cavs' J.R. Smith ejected Sunday for hard foul on Celtics' Jae Crowder


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday for a Flagrant 2 foul, called for knocking down Celtics forward Jae Crowder.

Crowder left the game with a sprained left knee as a result and will not return. 


Cavaliers G J.R. Smith bares his soul in written article


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith refuted his reputation as selfish, compared former teammate Carmelo Anthony with LeBron James and defended embattled Cleveland forward Kevin Love in an article he wrote himself for The Cauldron.

Smith also came across as thoughtful in expressing his feelings about a shocking midseason that sent him from New York to Cleveland. But it was his defense of his character that stood out in the long piece.

"There have been unfair rumors that lead people to have misconceptions about me: that I don't care; that I don't take my job seriously; that I'm not committed to my craft," Smith wrote. "It's unfortunate, but people have been saying this about me during my entire career. It obviously bothers me and naturally would bother anyone to feel that people don't take you serious as a person. ... (after getting to know me) someone tells me I am a completely different person than who they perceived me to be."

Smith went on to write that Anthony is a pure scorer who has never had the luxury to play alongside the quality players afforded James or Kobe Bryant, but that he yearns to win as much as the other two. Smith concluded his piece by defending Love, whose numbers have fallen off considerably this year after a trade brought him from Minnesota.

"Forget what anyone says, Kevin Love is the ultimate teammate," Smith wrote. "He isn't the most athletic player out there - actually, Kevin is like that guy you see in a 40-and-up league just killing it because he knows the game better than anyone else out there. Mentally, Love is just in another stratosphere when it comes to understanding basketball. Plus, not only is he an underrated shooter who can knock down shots better than half the guards in the league, he is also the best rebounder I have played with, hands down."


J.R. Smith hits eight 3-pointers, scores 28 in Cavaliers' victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/13/2015) Guard J.R. Smith scored 28 points, 24 on 3-pointers, to help lift the Cavaliers over the Pistions on Monday, 109-97.

It's the third time this season Smith has hit eight 3-pointers in a game.

Smith shot eight of 13 from 3-point range and 10 of 15 overall in the win.

Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith out for Cavaliers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) The Cavaliers are resting four key players against the Celtics on Sunday. 

Kyrie Irving, who had been questionable with a sore hip, will not play in Sunday's game. 

In addition, the Cavs are resting LeBron James, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith. All four players are expected to return to the lineup on Monday. 

Brendan Haywood is also being rested for Sunday's game. 

The Celtics are 10 and a half point favorites at home. 


J.R. Smith hits 8 of 17 from 3-point range in Cavaliers' win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/5/2015) Guard J.R. Smith went off from downtown Sunday against the Bulls, shooting eight of 17 from 3-point range to finish with 24 points in the Cavaliers' 99-94 victory.

Smith pushed his NBA record of games in a season with seven or more three-pointers to 24.

All 17 of his shot attempts in the game were from 3-point range.


Cavs G J.R. Smith scores 23 in win over Bucks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith scored 23 points in Sunday afternoon's 108-90 victory over the Bucks. 

Smith played 37 minutes and went 8 of 11 from the field. Included were seven made three-pointers out of nine attempts. Smith hit three three-pointers in a row midway through the fourth quarter. 

This is the fourth time in the past 13 games that Smith has scored over 20 points. 

Smith also had four rebounds, three steals and one assist. 


J.R. Smith scores game-high 21 in Cavaliers' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) J.R. Smith scored a game-high 21 points on seven-of-17 shooting as the Cavaliers lost to the Pacers, 93-86, Friday.

Smith hit four of his six 3-pointers, the twelfth time in 24 games with the Cavs that he's knocked down at least three shots from long-range. He added four assists.

Smith's performance wasn't enough, as the Cavaliers were playing without LeBron James, given the night off to nurse a sore back, and Kyrie Irving, who had a shoulder strain. 

"A game like tonight, missing Kyrie and missing LeBron, we needed to make open shots over the top because we didn't have the normal kind of penetration,'' said coach David Blatt.

The Cavs next play at the Rockets on Sunday.  


Cavs' David Blatt: J.R. Smith has been a 'godsend'


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Cavaliers coach David Blatt offered high praise for guard J.R. Smith on Saturday. Blatt admires Smith's willingness to learn the team's system and his ability to be an effective scorer and solid defender, reports ESPN.

"J.R. Smith has been a dream for us, as a team and for me personally," Blatt said. "I love the guy. I love coaching him. He comes to work every single day, he's a great teammate, he's playing both ends of the court for us consistently. He's one of the main reasons for our turnaround, together with [Iman Shumpert], who simply started later because of the injury. Those guys, honestly, they've been a godsend. They really have."

Smith struggled earlier in the year while playing with the Knicks, but said he's had an easy adjustment playing in the Cavaliers' offense.

"It's just much easier to play. The style of basketball that we play suits my game. Run and gun, shoot open shots, play defense, just play," Smith said.


J.R. Smith on new role with Cavs: "All I got to do is spot up and shoot'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith told reporters during the All-Star break that his transition to Cleveland has been easy, according to Brett Pollakoff of NBC Sports.

"All I got to do is spot up and shoot jump shots," Smith said at an even in New York City.

After averaging 10.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 24 games (six starts) for the Knicks, Smith is averaging 12.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 20 games (19 starts) with the Cavs. He is also making 2.7 3-pointers per game, as opposed to 1.3 per game with New York.


Cavaliers' J.R. Smith posts 16 points, 5 steals vs. Clippers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Cavaliers' G J.R. Smith tied a career-high with five steals in a 105-94 win over Clippers, Thursday. 

Smith sat out the fourth quarter, along with the other four Cavaliers' starters, after building a 32-point lead late in the third quarter. 

Smith shot 6-of-10, including 4-of-6 on 3-pointers, and scored 16 points for the second time in the last four games. 


Melo on J.R. Smith's transition to Cavs: 'He looks comfortable out there'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) It's not hard to see Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has played a tad better since his acquisition from the Knicks.

After averaging 10.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 24 games for the Knicks, Smith is averaging 14.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in eight games with the Cavs. He is also making 2.8 3-pointers per game, as opposed to 1.3 per game with New York.

One person who has noticed Smith's uptick in production has been former teammate Carmelo Anthony.

“He’s playing well,” Anthony said Wednesday morning, per ESPN. “I know what type of game he has and what he can do, so he looks comfortable out there, he looks like he’s settling in very well. I’m actually happy for him. 

"It’s a change of environment for him, new thought process, new mind set. Mentally he looks like he has some clarity right now. I believe LeBron [James] will help him make that adjustment that much better.” 


Cavaliers SG J.R. Smith scores season-high 29 vs. Suns


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith scored a season-high 29 points on 10 of 19 shooting, including 8 of 14 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 107-100 loss to the Suns Tuesday.

Smith scored just four points while dealing with an arm injury Sunday but caught fire one game later, delivering a shooting performance of better than 50 percent for the first time since Dec. 7. He chipped in four steals, two assists and one rebound before fouling out. Smith will square off with the Lakers Thursday.