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Knicks teammates tell J.R. Smith to keep shooting

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05:18 PM ET 05.11 | Though he may be forced to sit out Game 3 due to illness, the teammates of Knicks guard J.R. Smith have a message for him: shoot through the struggles. The 2013 Sixth Man of the Year has been unable to find his scoring touch so far in the team's seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers, but the Knicks know how important Smith's bench production can be to the team's success. "It's just something where he's just gotta keep shooting. Every shooter goes through a slump, that's what it is. He's human, he's not perfect. He's gotta keep shooting the ball because we definitely need his scoring," Raymond Felton said. After averaging 18 points per game on 42 percent shooting during the regular season, Smith has seen his numbers plummet in recent games. Since a suspension in the middle of the first round series against Boston, Smith has shot 15 of 57 (26 percent) over four games.

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May 11, 2013  05:39 PM ET

faaust!

May 11, 2013  05:41 PM ET

go NY!

May 11, 2013  08:38 PM ET

You live by the 3, you might as well go down by it.

May 12, 2013  09:28 AM ET

As if you have to tell JR to shoot. i walked outside my grandmother's funeral and JR was putting up 3 pointers outside the church...

May 12, 2013  09:29 AM ET

Knicks opponents tell J.R. Smith to keep shooting. : )

May 12, 2013  10:10 AM ET

perhaps his teammates should tell him to STOP shooting. LOL

that was the kind of game that everyone should have predicted

the Pacers, on their home floor, played great defense- and the Knicks simply do not have enough scorers around Melo.

and Melo is a 1 dimensional "superstar" despite him being in the league almost a decade now....


what exactly does Melo do a lot better than he did when he came in?

the answer-

nothing- EXPAND your game man...its the sign of a lazy player to only focus on one thing- scoring- their entire career----now - he does that just about as good as anyone not named Durant or James- BUT- we can see where that has gotten him..- not very far

May 12, 2013  10:31 AM ET

Of course you tell him to keep shooting. He hits for the win and you get to celebrate and share in the victory.

He puts up a brick and cost the game, you've got him to blame...

Good luck anyway Knicks. Wouldn't mind seeing you hoist the Larry O'Brien!

May 12, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Lost Your Touch, Bro?

May 12, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He puts up a brick and cost the game, you've got him to blame...

It's Kobe's fault.

May 12, 2013  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's Kobe's fault.

Oh, you thought I meant JR? No, no...I was talking about Kobe!

May 12, 2013  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

As if you have to tell JR to shoot. i walked outside my grandmother's funeral and JR was putting up 3 pointers outside the church...

How did granny die?

May 12, 2013  12:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

perhaps his teammates should tell him to STOP shooting. LOLthat was the kind of game that everyone should have predictedthe Pacers, on their home floor, played great defense- and the Knicks simply do not have enough scorers around Melo.and Melo is a 1 dimensional "superstar" despite him being in the league almost a decade now....what exactly does Melo do a lot better than he did when he came in?the answer-nothing- EXPAND your game man...its the sign of a lazy player to only focus on one thing- scoring- their entire career----now - he does that just about as good as anyone not named Durant or James- BUT- we can see where that has gotten him..- not very far

Memphis played some great defense last night too.

May 12, 2013  12:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

perhaps his teammates should tell him to STOP shooting. LOLthat was the kind of game that everyone should have predictedthe Pacers, on their home floor, played great defense- and the Knicks simply do not have enough scorers around Melo.and Melo is a 1 dimensional "superstar" despite him being in the league almost a decade now....what exactly does Melo do a lot better than he did when he came in?the answer-nothing- EXPAND your game man...its the sign of a lazy player to only focus on one thing- scoring- their entire career----now - he does that just about as good as anyone not named Durant or James- BUT- we can see where that has gotten him..- not very far

Melo is averaging close to 10rpg in the postseason. Not really one one dimensional.

Just saying.

 
May 12, 2013  05:33 PM ET

Dang, I thought it was the Pacers telling him to keep on shooting???

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