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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: 10 | Owned/Started%: 85/64 | Average Draft Position: 92.15
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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.


Report: Cavaliers SG J.R. Smith set to start Tuesday vs. Suns


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith (arm) will remain in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Suns, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Mike Miller will come off the Cavs' bench with Smith starting. Smith, who scored 27 points in 42 minutes Friday but managed only four points in 31 minutes Sunday, didn't expect to miss time due to his arm injury.

Cleveland is a 4 1/2-point underdog in Phoenix Tuesday.


Cavs guard J.R. Smith doesn't feel he will miss time with arm injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was icing his right elbow following Sunday's 103-84 loss against the Kings, according to Cleveland.com. Smith said he felt like he hyperextended his arm on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter, but he said no tests were needed and doesn't feel he will miss time due to the injury.

"It affected my shooting in the fourth," Smith said. "I couldn't get a full follow through. I'm in a little pain, but it's nothing too serious. I'll be OK."

Smith had just four points on 2 of 10 shooting Sunday. He added five rebounds in 31 minutes. He is averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in three games since his acquisition from New York.


J.R. Smith activated by Cavs, but Iman Shumpert still out due to injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) The Cavaliers announced newly acquired guard J.R. Smith has been activated and will be available for Wednesday's game against the Rockets. 

However, guard Iman Shumpert -- who was also acquired in a three-team trade with the Knicks and Thunder -- remains out after suffering a dislocated left shoulder Dec. 12. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.


Knicks waive Kirk, Amundson, Thomas on Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) The Knicks announced Alex Kirk , Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas were waived Wednesday.

All three players were recently acquired in a trade that sent guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers.


Playing Wednesday is a possibility for Cavaliers' J.R. Smith


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) While Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is doubtful to play Wednesday against the Rockets, he has not been ruled out of the game, reports Foxsports.com.

In order to play, Smith has to travel to Cleveland and pass a physical. In 24 games, Smith is averaging 10.9 points and 3.4 assists.


Move to Cleveland doesn't help J.R. Smith


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) New Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was stepping into a larger role for the Knicks before Monday's trade, and Fantasy owners were starting to take note. Smith was the seventh-most added player in CBSSports.com leagues over the last week, being scooped up in 16 percent of all leagues. Did you just waste a roster move, given his move to Cleveland?

In a word, probably. Smith was averaging 14.7 points and 3.7 assists per game since returning from a lengthy absence due to a plantar fascia tear in his left foot, and was benefitting from the Knicks' other varied injuries. The Cavaliers are similarly besieged by injuries right now, so Smith could have a few games where he gets his feet wet the only way he knows how -- by hoisting up lots and lots of contested jumpers.

However, in the long run, Smith is likely to fill a similar role as Dion Waiters did for the Cavs. Though Waiters had a 24.1 percent usage rate prior to his trade, he was averaging just 10.5 points and 2.2 assists per game in 23.8 minutes overall. The Cavaliers are exceptionally top-heavy when they are at full strength, so there just won't be many opportunities for Smith to contribute. He can give you some shooting and assists in any role, but probably won't do enough to be more than a fourth forward in category-based leagues moving forward. 


Cavs acquire J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert in three-team deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2015) The Cavaliers have officially sent shooting guard Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the teams announced Monday.

In exchange for Waiters, the Thunder sent a protected first-round pick in the 2015 draft and Lance Thomas, who is averaging 5.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, to the New York Knicks. The Cavs received guards Iman Shumpert, who is averaging 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, and J.R. Smith, who is averaging 10.9 points and 3.4 assists, in return while the Knicks acquired Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk.

Waiters is averaging 10.5 points and 2.2 assists in 33 games for Cleveland.


Report: Dion Waiters pulled from game Monday, could be on the move


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2015) Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters was pulled from Monday's game against the 76ers and is reportedly set to be traded, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Waiters was set to play in front of his hometown Monday and possibly start, but was removed from the bench just before tipoff. Alex Kirk, Lou Amundson and Waiters were all seen heading to the locker room at tip off.

Waiters, who is averaging 10.5 points and 2.2 assists per game, is rumored to be a part of a three-team trade involving the Thunder and Knicks. The trade will reportedly involve J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert going to Cleveland, according to Wojnarowski.


Knicks SG J.R. Smith scores team-high 22 vs. Pistons


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2015) Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith scored a team-high 22 points on 8 of 20 shooting, including 5 of 9 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 97-81 loss to the Pistons Friday.

Smith set season highs in three-pointers made and attempted in the loss, and he also managed a new season best with three steals. He also chipped in five assists and three rebounds while seeing 36 minutes of action. The Knicks take a 10-game losing streak into Sunday's matchup with the Bucks.


Knicks' J.R. Smith plays 17 minutes in return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2014) Knicks guard J.R. Smith managed to play 17 minutes in his return on Wednesday.

Smith missed the past three weeks due to a heel injury. He shot just 3-10 from the field, including 1-3 from long range. He pulled down one rebound and dished out two assists. 


Knicks G J.R. Smith: I'm ready to roll Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2014) Knicks guard J.R. Smith has tweeted that he has been cleared to play Wednesday against the host Clippers.

Smith has been sidelined for three weeks with a heel injury. He returns averaging 10.3 points per game, his worst since the 2005-06 season.


Knicks list Smith questionable, Stoudemire doubtful for Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2014) Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Clippers while still dealing with a heel injury.

Smith, who is averaging 10.3 points and 3.3 assists per game, has only appeared in four games this month while dealing with the injury. Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. has filled in for Smith, averaging 14.1 points in 15 games in December.

Meanwhile, forward Amar'e Stoudemire has been listed as doubtful for the contest. Stoudemire later told reporters he will not play Wednesday. 

Stoudemire is averaging 13.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Quincy Acy and Travis Wear will likely see extended playing time if he is out again.

The Knicks are currently 12 1/2-point underdogs against the Clippers Wednesday.


Knicks without J.R. Smith, Dalembert, Stoudemire vs. Blazers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (heel), center Samuel Dalembert (ankle) and power forward Amar'e Stoudemire (knee) will not play in Sunday's game against the Blazers, the team announced.

Smith and Dalembert were questionable to suit up Sunday, while Stoudemire was considered doubtful to play. New York is a 12-point underdog in Portland.


Knicks' J.R. Smith, Dalembert questionable Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Knicks guard J.R. Smith (heel) and center Samuel Dalembert (ankle) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Blazers, while power forward Amar'e Stoudemire (knee) is doubtful.

Dalembert's X-rays on his mildly sprained ankle have come back negative. New York is a 12-point underdog in Portland.


Knicks rule J.R. Smith out at Sacramento


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been ruled out of Saturday’s game at Sacramento.

It will be the ninth straight game Smith has missed while dealing with a heel injury.

The Knicks are 6-point underdogs.


J.R. Smith to miss eighth straight game Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2014) Shooting guard J.R. Smith (heel) will miss his eighth straight game Thursday when the Knicks host the Wizards. Smith was apparently close to suiting up, so there's a chance he plays Saturday at Sacramento.

Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith to be gametime decisions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2014) Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire (knee soreness) and guard J.R. Smith (heel) will be gametime decisions Thursday against the Wizards, coach Derek Fisher told reporters. The game tips off at noon ET.

Stoudemire has sat out to rest the past two games, while Smith has missed seven in a row. The Wizards are 5-point favorites at Madison Square Garden.


J.R. Smith not looking good for Thursday's game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Knicks guard J.R. Smith doesn't expect to be ready to play Thursday against the Wizards, reports Newsday. A heel injury has sidelined Smith for seven straight games.

He's averaging 10.3 points and 3.3 assists in 25.1 minutes per game.


Knicks unsure if Smith, Stourdemire will play Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Knicks coach Derek Fisher told reporters Tuesday the team is unsure if forward Amar’e Stoudemire and guard J.R. Smith will be available to play in Thursday’s game against the Wizards.

While Stoudemire has missed the last two games to rest, Smith is dealing with a heel injury which has prevented from playing in seven straight games.