I hear J.R. Smith should be back by April and able to play at least a few games before the playoffs open. Smith is recovering from thumb surgery. The Cavs are pleased with his progress. He could be considered ahead of schedule. They don’t want to rush Smith. Their shooting guard is important because he’s a strong, athletic presence on defense — along with having amazing 3-point shooting range.
February 25, 2017 | 7:36 pm EST Update
Jackson found himself on the bench for the fourth quarter and overtime of Detroit’s come-from-behind win Thursday over Charlotte. “I think he’s been trying defensively,” said Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy. “Just offensively, we’ve got to find an answer. I know he’s frustrated. He’s frustrated with me, play calls and things like that. So, we’re going to have to find something to where he can play more effectively, more productively, on the offensive end of the court.”
“He and I have got to make sure we’re on the same page,” Van Gundy said. “Reggie’s been good through the whole thing. His attitude has been great. He’s trying to find his way without having the ball as much in his hands. That’s not easy. This isn’t an easy situation for him.”