Knicks Blog Player of the Week: J.R. Smith

Sam Spiegelman

Toronto week didn’t turn it the way the Knicks or Knicks fans expected, as New York dropped both contests against the Raptors and have now lost three in a row since Christmas Day.

Though the Knicks have struggled offensively without Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith has helped to pick up the slack.

Of course, Smith is bashed for being a shoot-first player and his high volume of shots, but he has played a more well-rounded game the past week. Smith averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the two games against Toronto, and he’s been doing so as a starter, a role he isn’t accustomed to being in.

Smith has scored in double-figures in each of the past seven games, with a 17.3 point per game mark, to go along with a 5-rebound and 5-assist average.

Though Smith’s game is certainly frustrating at times, he’s keeping the Knicks’ offense afloat and lending a hand on the boards.




16 comments
rico
rico

neighbor please?!

rkj473
rkj473

Lmao there is no way it should be JR, considering STAT had back to back 20-point games.


Have the Knicks blog staff been watching the games?

Knickheart
Knickheart

This post must be a joke. Player of the week during a losing streak like this. You must be on another planet. This is NY.

cole3244
cole3244

i think this blog has been smoking the same stuff jr has or maybe with him.

tommy2b
tommy2b

Hahaha this blog is pure comedy gold.  I feel like I'm reading The Onion when they called Kim Jong Un the Sexiest Man Alive.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

JR IS BACK!...


No need to worry about a TKB betrayal JR...

James Crockett
James Crockett

Are you serious with this post? This guy has been a joke all year. He even blocked me on Twitter because he can't take honest criticism. Basically told him to focus on his game instead of constantly posting garbage on social media, and I guess he didn't like that. Get him out of NY at this point. You'd think he'd grow up at almost 30 years old. Guy can take it to the hole whenever he wants and possibly draw a foul. He's too stupid to realize that and will take some pointless fadeway instead. We're better off with Tim Jr anyway, who is only going to keep getting better. Rant over.

tifoso6
tifoso6

The writers on this blog are apologists for the Knicks management.   We need writers who challenge the

management in order for the management to improve.  On1/15/14, trade smith and send him va via as we

say in italian,  send him packing.

babyface
babyface

What a load of bull-.  JR is a huge part of the problem, not the solution.  In fact, he's now officially the second coming of Ray Williams -- the guy who never met a shot he didn't like (or take).  Talk about a ball-stopper.  How many times have the Knicks been one-and-done when Smith has brought the ball across, or simply received it up top with 10-15 seconds to go on the shot clock.


Stop being an apologist for this bum, and for the rest of the Knicks who've been playing like bums.



saintknick
saintknick

@tifoso6 Knicks management doesn't care, at all. There are plenty of critical journalists, especially the national ones, and this board is, at best, something Dolan heard about this one time while getting high with a knicks fan after an eagles concert.

saintknick
saintknick

@zdiddy4nyk @James Crockett OK - here is the problem with this assessment - it makes JR look even worse. The REASON he couldn't practice all summer is he waited for his contract before getting surgery - and in the end, it didn't seem to make a difference because no one gave him enough $$ to induce him to leave NY. By getting the procedure late he was unable to practice (I'm sure he was really upset about that) but had plenty of time to smoke tons of weed, banking on the fact that he'd be recovering from suspension anyway.


When he is good, everyone loves him and even his antics. At some point this season, maybe even for 2 months in a row, he will practically carry this team. He is able (with Melo, Chandler, and felton totally healthy) to help this garbage team go 15-3 for a stretch. Its how good he is when he is good.


But then he will inevitably be bad, and more often than he is particularly good. THAT has nothing to do with practice or player shape. 

James Crockett
James Crockett

Lol I've played basketball and lacrosse for a long time growing up and had my fair share of knee injuries so I know what its like. The whole surgery and suspension isn't an excuse a third of the way into the season anymore. You clearly don't watch much of the games because his shot selection is beyond horrendous this year. I've been a big supporter of his since he's been here. I live about 20 minutes away from where he played high school ball at Lakewood and even bought his jersey over the summer. Instead of worrying about getting the team out of this hole they're in, he's too busy playing around on instagram like a 16 year old. You don't see any other knick blowing up social media like he does. Enough is enough at a certain point. Worry about getting better.

James Crockett
James Crockett

@saintknick agree 100% with what you said. What pisses me off the most is that he could play at an all star level when his head is in the game, but right now he has me on the verge of destroying my tv. No ball is definitely a cause to the problem like you said. Felton just needs to take his time coming back. I know he's getting phased out with all these explosive PGs in the league nowadays but he could still contribute to a certain extent when healthy

saintknick
saintknick

@James Crockett One note - his shot selection is absolutely no worse than last season. Its just taht we aren't getting many games where he hits 4-5 circus shots he shouldn't put up. Instead he's still taking 8 of them, but only hitting maybe 1.