Knicks’ J.R. Smith suspended one game for shot to Glen Rice’s…um… “groin”


Part of the Wizards’ defensive plan Tuesday night was to pressure the Knicks’ guards out on the perimeter — New York is struggling to deal with that.

Glen Rice took that to heart on Tuesday night and midway in the fourth quarter he went out and pressured J.R. Smith with the ball close to the half court line.

Smith will likely argue he was just trying to clear out a little space, but the fact of the matter is he swung his arm through and hit Rice in the… “groin area.” The really painful part of the groin area to get hit in.

The league saw that video above (and other angles) and came out Wednesday with a one-game suspension for Smith. He will sit out Wednesday night when the Knicks take on the Pistons in Detroit.

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The best part of this was the referees at the time called the foul on Rice.

So that’s one game Smith has been suspended for this season, what was the over/under bet on that? Probably should have taken the over.