Say what you want about J.R. Smith. The man simply gets buckets.
The Knicks were down two starters in Phoenix on Wednesday, playing without Carmelo Anthony due to soreness in his left knee, and Raymond Felton due to a sprained pinky finger on his shooting hand.
Both injuries were sustained in New York’s loss to the Lakers on Christmas day, but the team was able to recover the very next night on the road thanks to Smith’s heroics.
With the game tied and just one second on the clock, Smith caught a pass from Jason Kidd who was inbounding, and turned and fired an acrobatic, fading jumper over the outstretched arm of P.J. Tucker that somehow went down, and gave his Knicks the 99-97 victory.
Smith finished 11-of-27 from the field for 27 points, to go along with six rebounds, five assists, and five steals.
He also took out Suns starting point guard Goran Dragic with this flagrant foul near the end of the first half, but Smith’s 10-point final period and clutch shooting down the stretch likely had more to do with the game’s ultimate result.
Report: Bulls’ Cristiano Felicio ‘strong favorite’ to replace Anderson Varejao on Brazilian Olympic team
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.