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Smith out 3-4 months after surgery
One step forward, one step back. Knicks sharpshooter J.R. Smith will be out until the start of the NBA season as he recovers from left knee surgery to repair a tear in his lateral meniscus, team officials announced Tuesday. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year averaged a team second-best and career-high 18.1 points per game in the regular season. Will his health hinder him from doing more of the same this season?
Let's see, how can we best sum up the way the Knicks have been playing in these past few games against the Pacers? Should we just link up the recap of their 93-82 loss on Tuesday night? What about an article where J.R. Smith takes responsibility for his dreadful shooting performance? Should we ask you to imagine the noise a sad trombone makes? Wait, we think we know: Just look at Carmelo Anthony's expression in the video above, and you'll get a sense of how bad the Knicks have been shooting.
Carmelo's time to shine
Carmelo Anthony has been shooting about 40 percent from the field in this series -- not terrible, for sure, but a little more than 4 percent worse than his season average.
The Sixth Man of the Year has been so ice cold in the playoffs that some wag created @DidJRSmithMiss on Twitter. Sample tweet: "I mean, what do you think?"
Jason Kidd's not a huge part of the Knicks' plans, but he's played 177 minutes in the past eight games and has scored zero points.
A Sixth Man of the Year award just isn't worth as much as it used to be. J.R. Smith is finding that out in these playoffs -- the reigning ''best guy off the bench'' winner has been ice cold as of late, shooting a mere 26.3 percent from the field over the past four games. It's gotten so bad that the Knicks are reportedly considering reducing Smith's minutes until he gets back on track. Smith may be laying brick after brick, but a public show of confidence in him might be just what he needs -- if the team can survive his incredibly cold streak, that is.