J.R. Smith’s Shooting Woes Continue
J.R. Smith needed not only to find his jump shot last night but a flu shot.
The soap opera surrounding the embattled Smith took another turn as he missed yesterday’s morning shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a 102-degree fever and his status wasn’t certain until one hour before tip-off when he elected to play.
He started to show signs of life in the second half, but finished 4-for-12 for nine points in the Knicks’ 82-71 loss to the Pacers. He’s now in a 19-for-69 funk in the past five games.
“I think with J.R., and especially this situation that’s being said about him, it can easily build up and become very stressful and strenuous on one person,’’ said Anthony, who played with Smith in Denver. “For me, who’s been there with him since he came into the NBA, especially now I try to just give him positive energy.”