J.R. Smith hopes to stick

Posted by Art Garcia

LAS VEGASJ.R. Smith scored only nine points in Denver’s win Chicago to open up Day 5. Making the big club could be tough.

“I feel great about my chances,” he joked. “I feel like a young guy again.”
Complete Summer League coverage on NBA.com
Smith is actually in the desert rehabbing his left ankle. The Nuggets gunner started, played almost 16 minutes and knocked down 3 of 5 shots. He’s possibly suiting up against tomorrow against Houston.

“Just working out,” Smith said. “I might as well play in something like this than play in a high school gym and get hurt, so you might as well play against young talent you’ll play against during the season.”

Second-year point guard Ty Lawson continued his strong summer stint with a team-high 18 points and four assists in 20 minutes. Lawson is expected to be the primary backup for Chauncey Billups this season.

“He’s gotten a lot better,” Smith said. “You can see it overnight. He’s pointing guys in the right direction, he’s telling guys the right thing, so I’m proud of him.”

2 Comments

  1. […] the summer league, Smith responded that it was "love of the game" that drove him to play and that he "might as well play in something like this than play in a high school gym and get […]

  2. […] the summer league, Smith responded that it was "love of the game" that drove him to play and that he "might as well play in something like this than play in a high school gym and get […]