PBT Extra: J.R. makes case for hot hand theory, is loved in Cleveland


J.R. Smith is who we thought he was.

He is a lover of the contested shot — if the NBA gave points for degree of difficulty, how much more valuable would he be? He enjoys a good time off the court.

And he was red hot for the Cavaliers during their Game 1 in Atlanta. Does that change anything with Smith and the perception? No. But that also doesn’t make him any less valuable to the Cavaliers, who could use more of this Smith in the Conference Finals, especially with Kyrie Irving dragging his leg behind him.