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Height/Weight: 6-6/225 | Birthdate: 9/9/1985 | Birthplace: Freehold, NJ | Team: Cleveland Cavaliers | College: No College | NBA Experience: 10 | Owned/Started%: 83/56 | Average Draft Position: 92.15
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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.


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.