Swagger and health; just what the doctor ordered for Smith

Harris Decker

J.R. Smith has been playing a different brand of basketball over the last week. He, as well as the rest of the Knicks, are playing hard, loose and fast and for the first time this season, look to be having a great time playing basketball together.

J.R. Smith

What’s odd about Smith is that the thing he’s doing can’t be measured: Energy.

During the game against the Cavaliers, Smith was a walking highlight reel, throwing down a few massive dunks and hitting 2 of his 5 3-point attempts.

Carmelo Anthony was recently asked what has changed for Smith since returning from his suspension. Anthony responded with one word: “Health.”

Smith is likely still feeling the effects of his offseason knee surgery, which took place much later than many thought would make sense.

Sitting in the Garden last night, one thing was abundantly clear: The Knicks feed off the swagger that Smith plays with. Because Carmelo Anthony isn’t a flashy superstar, rarely throwing down big slams, a guy like Smith can be the one who pumps the team up during scoring stretches. As juvenile as it sounds, this is a necessity for a winning team.

Smith has become the energy-maker for the Knicks. The Garden burst into applause multiple times last night. Sometimes for a big three, sometimes for a monster dunk and sometimes for a trick shot on a dead ball. Tim Hardaway Jr. is always the first guy off the bench, playing his fake guitar each and every time Smith brings the Garden to its feet. Smith finished last night with 19 points, shooting 50% from the field and adding a blocked shot.

It was a great night for the Knicks, partly due to Smiths electric play. Hopefully they can ride his lightning into a Saturday match up with the Miami Heat.




843 comments
Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Enough with Woodson. Horrible coach. This was a winnable game but too many defensive lapses, lack of finishing plays and not attacking the basket. I put that on Woody above all... Regardless, this team does not have the horses to contend... Time to deal Ty for a pick

melo7
melo7

Lin with the triple double

newyorker9
newyorker9

Dolan should seriously pull a trade. for a legit PG. screw Lowry, I want somebody better

rkj473
rkj473

Wow no game thread but they post the box score of the game even before it ended. This blog has really become garbage.


New post up, i guess.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

The Knicks franchise is going to have to make some tough decisions over the next 20 days. They have to realize that even at full strength this team is just mediocre. What are they going to do with Melo, build around him, if so then you have to upgrade the pg position even if it means taking steps back. Might have to trade Shump, you just can't stay with what they have. Standing pat would be the dumbest thing this franchise can do, which is what I expect dumbness.

dagawd
dagawd

Post game thread up

knickfan2
knickfan2

Felton is a D-league 3rd string point guard!

Get rid of him YESTERDAY!

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

Were paying +20 mil to a guy that never plays, 14+ mil to a defensive stopper who hasn't been playing much defense at all, and we have a coach and starting point guard who are both equally clueless. We have to right the ship somehow! 

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

Beno/Murry help win our 5 game win streak against good teams. Prigs & Felton has not.

C0P0
C0P0

Chandler and Faton need to go into the trade machine. 

Anti_u
Anti_u

I'm definitely willing to trade Tyson. Package him with Felton for a legimate PG .

jax13
jax13

Tyson struggled on bird man......hello hibbert.

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

We NEED HELP at PG/Good to have 7 ft center but in today's game he MUST have some type of offense. Hibbert is better than TC.

jax13
jax13

Our roster is not that bad....we need a legit starting pg and a new coach n we are all good.....trade Tyson n use that cap space to plug holes.

Also get Thibs here

C0P0
C0P0

Well, we can't win them all. At least it wasn't the Bobcats again.

rjv3
rjv3

Not so much because we lost, but disappointed again, was really hoping to see that focus and intensity, but didn't see that tonight.

knick4life
knick4life

Knicks play the Heat and no game thread? Woodson really needed to use his bench tonight. Not saying Knicks would have won but he's got to give Melo a break. Tonight was the perfect night to play MWP.

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

Tough loss, terrible coaching, even worse officiating. On to the next one

jax13
jax13

Trade Tyson n get better use out of 14mil

bluprint13
bluprint13

now Murry and MWP. Got to see who can give you a spark on a slow night....

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

What's the point fellow Knicks fans? No chance at winning with this roster, largely at Pg, so as usual we have to sit back and wait, waited 30 years as a fan my fear is that 30 years from now will be saying same thing.

ChildsPunchedKobe
ChildsPunchedKobe

if metta didn't think he was MJ he would of been useful tonight.

jax13
jax13

I am ok with trading Tyson. He plays well against bad teams. He is nonexistent against good teams in tough games

bluprint13
bluprint13

Shump has had an awful season. Sadly the team he helps the Knicks the most against is the Heat. With a healthy Shump with Melo Knicks have owned the Heat. Wade has been great and it showed with James.

C0P0
C0P0

If I have to have a fat PG I'd take Lowry in a heartbeat. 

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

If there's any chance of a tyson for pau swap, you do it! 

brookdon
brookdon

THJ can actually drive. He needs to start over Shump. Teams can't leave bigs on him.

C0P0
C0P0

Timmy is a keeper. 

manchu
manchu

Hey Melo had a rough night . ish happens to the best of em Cant afford to many of them though

C0P0
C0P0

Melo didn't get enough sleep last night or something. 

Anti_u
Anti_u

LeBron is the biggest front runner in the league.

melo7
melo7

Still Rather Felton over lin?? What was lins knock? To many turnovers/can't play defense? Ha

Tikki
Tikki

@bockers  

A rim protector would still be a must-have.  Minny's opponents shoot 60% at the rim against Love (worst FG% allowed amongst NBA big men).

knick4life
knick4life

Team played hard. What game were you watching

rjv3
rjv3

@Seth Nadler  I don't have another 30 years to wait, already been waiting 42, not going to make it to see another chip LOL

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Tough to do when you turn it over 7 times

rkj473
rkj473

@Jaime  Not only that, I'm sure that was a major point in the game plan for tonight's game. 

brookdon
brookdon

Number 6 lol. Not even in 2k

manchu
manchu

@danewyorkr

No it was his lack of heart in regards to Lin

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Of course that's what I would want , but in order to get quality back you aren't going to get another team to take our trash. You don't think every team knows Felton is trash and Chandler is soft and injury prone.

rjv3
rjv3

@knick4life  And don't think we really played with the intensity for 48 mins, maybe in spurts, but not the whole game. 

melo7
melo7

Gets hurt when the playoffs come? Are you effing kidding me your gonna say that's a knock on him? Felton can't drive to the basket without dribbling it off his foot or throwing it to the wrong guy

Tikki
Tikki

@bockers @Tikki  

It's unrealistic, but I'm partial to Marc Gasol - he's an incredibly well-rounded offensive player (shoots from 15-ft out, elite passing ability, etc.), and an excellent defensive anchor.  And he's a great teammate to boot.

buddhabing
buddhabing

Good teams make you look like that. Heat just outclassed them.