Knicks’ Smith Questionable For Game 3

INDIANAPOLIS – J.R. Smith hasn’t played well since he elbowed Jason Terry in Game 3 of the first round. In Game 3 of the conference semifinals, Smith might not play at all.

Under the weather with a 102-degree fever, the Sixth Man of the Year missed the Knicks’ shootaround Saturday morning and is questionable for Game 3 Saturday night (8 p.m. ET, ABC).

“I don’t know if he’s going to play tonight,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “If he don’t, somebody else has got to step up and help us win.”

The Knicks will have Amar’e Stoudemire for the first time in two months, which gives them the ability to play big for more than the five minutes they have in each of the first two games. But they also have the backcourt depth to deal with Smith’s potential absence and stay small. Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and Iman Shumpert have all been playing well, and Jason Kidd, though he’s missed his last 14 shots, is still a critical part of this team’s success.

“I feel really good now about how Iman’s moving, jumping, and all that,” Woodson said. “So he could pick up some extra minutes, along with Pablo. Raymond’s already playing big minutes and I’m not going to forget about Kidd, because you’ve got three days of rest.”

If Smith doesn’t play, or if he plays and is ineffective, it will be important that Carmelo Anthony doesn’t try too much. When Smith was suspended for Game 4 of the first round, Anthony may have thought he had to beat the Boston Celtics by himself. He shot 10-for-35 in what was the Knicks’ worst offensive game of the postseason.

“I don’t want to put that pressure on myself to say that I have to do more out there,” Anthony said of Smith’s possible absence. “We gotta figure it out. We’ll see how the game goes, see the course of the game, see where it takes us.”

Of course, Anthony seemed confident that Smith would play in Game 3, even though he didn’t know the details of Smith’s condition.

“J.R. gonna play tonight,” Anthony said. “We can get him right. That’s what we have team doctors for, as far as medicine and things like that. He’ll be all right … hopefully.”

16 Comments

  1. Go Pacers!!! 1 more to go-so GO GET IT !!!

  2. @ karmaouz-LMAO-i feel you on that, i totally agree! -coming from a Celtics fan!
    Go Pacers!!!

  3. karmaouz says:

    well, the knicks. anthony-smith-felton. stoudamire. lol . seriously ? brickboy from bk, he was bricking and bricking and bricking and bricking! boing boing boiiiiing :)
    ho and wait, stop the game and don’t play defense, scream at the ref instead because i honnestly think there is a foul, so please stop the game, please the world has to stop to turn, loook att meeee. i am so special with my sleeves and my madmax shoulders ! nothing like you guys. who cares about the numbers of shots, im the best scorer, who cares about a title ! i scored 30 points im the boss (31 shots) and you score 20, i’m better than you !! hooo mannn i want to blow myself i’m so perfect

  4. love says:

    this guy need to grow up you can party all you want after the playoff

  5. Rodney Benson says:

    Get well J.r

  6. purpleman says:

    JR will play.. he will also scrore 40+ points.

  7. Nita says:

    J.R. Smith need to stay out of the clubs until the finals is over. SERIOUSLY!

  8. #fhaters says:

    Woow I see alot intimidated heat fan’s, stop hating on the knicks

  9. W/E says:

    Ill say it again JR Smith is a CLOWN and so is Anthony, Stoudemire- the guy should just retire, the whole knicks team is a circus what u expect anyway from those guys they are done.

  10. LOL says:

    fever? or hangover?
    People like J.R. does not deserve to get a championship ring.

  11. Patty says:

    I FEEL SORRY FOR Mike Woodson. WOODSON HAS SOME DUMMIES ON THE NEW YORK KNICKS. J.R. IS ONE OF THE DUMMIES.

    CARMELO IS NOT MICHAEL JORDAN OR KOBE BRYANT. CARMELO CANNOT CARRY THIS TEAM BY HIMSELF.

    • MagicJohnson#32 says:

      Correction Patty….Kobe Bryant has NEVER carried a team by himself…he hid behind Shaq for 3 straight titles, and then he required Gasol, Bynum, Artest and the rest of the stars to bail him out in 09 and 2010…..remember all of the game winners kobe missed in the 2010 playoffs, only to be tipped in at the buzzer by Gasol and Artest? without them, lakers would have lost those games and been knocked out well before the Finals

  12. Patty says:

    GET RID OF J.R.

    IF J.R. DOES NOT PLAY, GET RID OF HIM. HE SHOULD NEVER BE OUT @ A NIGHT CLUB WHEN YOU HAVE AN IMPORTANT GAME AS GAME 3.

    J.R. IS JUST DUMB!!!

  13. Jose says:

    Hey J.R. keep parting with Rihana to see if you get better! n
    DUDE UR IN THE PLAYOFFS // WHAT THE HELL ARE U DOING OUT PARTING WHEN U HAVENT EVEN WON THE 2 ROUND YET!!

    • Ross-Smith says:

      I was thinking the same when I saw the pictures. He should be fined. ” I have not been shooting well, let me go to Green House to drink some alcohol and party with Rihanna” …… really J.R?????? you should have been in the gym shooting all night to get your stride right. SMH to J.R….. 102 degrees fever?===== HUNGOVER.

    • jr says:

      hey man everyones got to go out and part once in a wile