Sam SpiegelmanToronto 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.