INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been out since Dec. 20 with a broken thumb, but he has ramped up his activity in recent weeks and finally took part in a full practice Wednesday for the first time.
It’s been a challenging season professionally and personally for Smith, whose daughter, Dakota, was born five months early and remains hospitalized. Smith said his baby has gained some weight and is doing better.
“This has probably been one of the tougher years, if not the toughest year for me, on and off the court,” he said. “Just part of the process I guess. I think it will just make the story better.”
Other ailments: Kyle Korver, Cleveland’s dead-eyed 3-point specialist, will miss at least one game with an injured left foot, and coach Tyronn Lue hasn’t shaken an ear/sinus infection that kept him home during Monday’s game and out of practice Wednesday.
“I talked to him last night,” said associate head coach Larry Drew, filling in for Lue. “He sounds a little bit better, but still he’s a little bit under the weather. We hope he can get well as soon as he can.”
Markieff Morris took the NBA lead with five flagrant-foul points after this flagrant 2. Another flagrant would trigger a suspension.
That could hurt the Wizards down the road, though they hung on against the Nuggets tonight.
It’ll hurt Mason Plumlee more.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado authorities want probation revoked for Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson after they say he tested positive for alcohol three times in the last six months and failed to complete required public service in a 2015 drunken driving case.
Over prosecutors’ objections, the former Denver Nugget was sentenced to probation rather than jail last year and ordered to remain sober.
Probation officials issued a summons last week ordering Lawson to appear in court March 22 to respond to their allegations. The Kings are scheduled to host the Bucks that night.
A judge will decide then whether Lawson’s probation should be revoked and whether he should be sentenced to jail instead.
Before he was sentenced, Lawson completed a court-ordered 30-day residential treatment program at Cliffside Malibu, a celebrity rehabilitation center in California.
His lawyer didn’t return a call seeking comment.
Chris Paul looked like he had to work harder to get the ball from his teammates — DeAndre Jordan then Blake Griffin — than to make this half-court shot.