If you have ever played basketball on any level, you know it is a lot easier to stand on the perimeter and hoist three pointers and long jump shots all game, as opposed to taking to ball to the basket, which requires a lot more energy. Since the infamous elbow against Jason Terry in game three of the Knicks first round series against the Boston Celtics, Smith has lost his jump shot following losing his cool on the court. He has shot a paltry 26-91 (29%) in his last six, including the last two against the Celtics and the first four versus the Indiana Pacers.
I am one that believes that you either succeed or fail with the people that led to your current fortune, and I think the same is true of Knicks head coach Mike Woodson. I think he will afford JR Smith every opportunity to break out of his shooting slump. But facing a big team like the Pacers that could lead Woodson to play a bigger lineup, and with Kenyon Martin stating game four, Amar’e Stoudemire’s return, and Iman Shumpert’s improved play, Woodson may not play Smith as many minutes if the horrendous shooting continues. Knicks fans across the globe hope that Smith regains the shooting touch that led to the best season of his NBA career in time for game 5 against the Pacers.
Check out this interview I did with JR’s father, Earl Smith.