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J.R. Smith's knee is affecting his shooting

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11:16 AM ET 12.01 | J.R. Smith scored 11 points but shot just 1-for-7 from 3-point range as he struggles to rediscover his stroke following summertime knee surgery and a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. Smith, last season's NBA Sixth Man of the Year, is shooting a career-low 32.8 percent from the floor, and even worse from beyond the arc (28.6 percent). The Knicks are 1-9 since he returned from suspension entering Sunday's game against New Orleans at the Garden. "My jumper just hasn't been there," Smith said. "That's situations where I got to make my teammates better, get guys open shots and keep driving to the hole. But one thing, I'm not going to stop shooting." Asked if his surgically repaired left knee has affected his shooting stroke and his overall play, Smith admitted: "Somewhat, but it's all right, I'm still playing. It's taking time. I'm not one to make excuses, but I got to play better. If it's hurting that bad, then I shouldn't be playing. I'm out there and I'm going to try to give it all I got."

New York Daily News

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December 1, 2013  11:48 AM ET

I think poor shot selection the reason why Smith's shot is off.

He's never known a good shot from a bad shot.

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December 1, 2013  12:12 PM ET
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I blame the idiots at knick management for offering him a contract KNOWING he had a bad knee.

The Knicks were competitive when Walt Frazier played for them...

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December 1, 2013  12:31 PM ET

Maybe he shot better because he was on drugs

December 1, 2013  01:29 PM ET
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They were in the Ewing era also. They didn't win a title but made it to the Finals twice.

Wow!

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December 1, 2013  06:06 PM ET

Get him back on crack!!

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December 2, 2013  01:12 AM ET
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Is it possible that it could be the WbW?Weed, booze and women?Why are they not signing Lamar?

Cause Bruce Jenner doesn't think his ready to return, but the D-League awaits him in 2 more weeks.

December 2, 2013  10:43 AM ET

NY Is A Joke, Bros.

 
December 4, 2013  05:41 PM ET

excuses?

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