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Mike Woodson to Cut J.R. Smith’s Minutes?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 8, 2013 @ 9:50 pm In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Could New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, be spending more time on the bench?
Knicks Head Coach Mike Woodson didn’t rule out the possibility of cutting Smith’s minutes in light of Smith’s recent shooting struggles.
“I’ll gauge J.R. as we go along and if I feel he’s not giving me anything, I could always turn to other guys on that bench,” Woodson said Wednesday in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show.”
“I feel good about the guys that come in off that bench just like I feel good about J.R. But if he’s struggling and I feel the need (that) I’ve got to pull him, then I will do that as the head coach and then other guys have got to come in and step up and play.”
It doesn’t appear as if a reduction in Smith’s playing time is imminent.
But the fact that Woodson didn’t rule out benching Smith indicates how badly the Knicks’ sixth man has struggled. He shot 3-for-15 and scored just eight points in Tuesday’s Game 2 win over the Indiana Pacers after missing 11-of-15 shots in the series opener.
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