Found May 13, 2013 on NESN.com:
It goes without saying that J.R. Smith has not been the same player in the playoffs that he was in the regular season, when he averaged 18.1 points off the bench and earned the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. Calling him a “no-show” lately would be generous. At least if he were a no-show, his effect on the Knicks would be neutral. Instead, he is starting to outright hurt their cause. In the past three days, illness has added to insult for the 27-year-old guard. Smith played just under 25 minutes in the Knicks’ Game 3 loss on Saturday, then missed practice Sunday and Monday with what the team termed an “illness.” It is unclear what type of illness he has. So far, it does not appear Smith has been subjected to any Luol Deng-type spinal taps. No one is questioning whether Smith is injured, just as very few people doubt that Bulls guard Derrick Rose really is hurt. But like Rose, who has not played since tearing his ACL more than a year ago, Smith is starting to hear murmurs that hea...
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