J.R. Smith Rumors
With the Cavs’ final regular season game against the Golden State Warriors nearing on Monday, they are unveiling a new look in the starting lineup heading into Friday’s game at the Sacramento Kings: veteran guard Iman Shumpert will start in place of DeAndre Liggins, the 28-year-old, third-year pro who held the position for the past month after J.R. Smith’s mid-December thumb injury required surgery (he’s expected to return in late March or April).
Kevin Love and J.R. Smith both fell to the floor during Monday’s Cavaliers-Suns game. Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson helped up Smith – and left Love. So, Love sat behind the baseline and waited. And waited. And waited. Eventually, all four teammates on the court – including LeBron James – returned to help him up.
J.R. Smith’s self-assessment proved blunt and honest when asked how he’d describe his play thus far in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. “Horses—t,” he said when asked what the thought of his game.
New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has a dislocated left shoulder and could miss at least three weeks. The Knicks also said Saturday that an MRI on guard J.R. Smith’s left foot revealed a small tear of the plantar fascia and he is questionable for their game Sunday against Toronto.