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.
Dion Waiters explains decision to sign with the Heat in an Instagram post
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
Report: Celtics sign second-round pick Demetrius Jackson to four-year deal
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Sources: Boston Celtics have signed second-round pick Demetrius Jackson to a four-year, $5.5 million deal. The fourth year is a team option.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
Hawks sign former Michigan State center Matt Costello