Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/17/13

J.R. Smith has been shooting the ball terribly during the playoffs, and Rihanna says that’s because the New York Knicks guard is hungover from partying in clubs every night. Smith shot the ball well in Games 2 and 3 of the Knicks-Boston Celtics series, which the Knicks won in six games. He went 13-of-27 (48 percent) including 4-9 (44 percent) on 3-pointers those two games. But after being suspended for Game 4 of the series for his elbow to Jason Terry in Game 3, Smith began shooting terribly. Smith has shot an abysmal 28.6 percent from the field since Game 5 against the Celtics. No surprise, New York has struggled accordingly and only gone 2-4 in those playoff games. Now Rihanna has an explanation for his struggles. Smith and Rihanna were rumored to have been dating last year. The gossip about them picked up again last week after they were pictured partying at the same club. Rihanna also confirmed she broke up with Chris Brown. The singer posted a photo to her popular Instagram account on Thursday and must have received a comment from a Knicks fan who goes by @peruvian_gawd on Instagram. She responded to him with the message below where she says Smith is screwing up because he’s hungover from partying at clubs every night: What’s funny is that less than two weeks ago Smith admonished those who criticized him for allegedly partying the night before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. After the Knicks won Game 2 to tie their series with the Pacers, Smith was pictured nearby Rihanna at a club: Rihanna & JR Smith (he doesn’t look sober) celebrating in NY’s Greenhouse club after Knicks’ win vs the Pacers. twitter.com/SportandoBaske… — Emiliano Carchia (@SportandoBasket) May 8, 2013 So not only does Rihanna say the two are not dating, she is also blaming Smith’s partying on his struggles. You may recall that Smith admitted in November that he partied too much last season and that he wasn’t focused. Is the same pattern repeating itself? H/T Jocks and Stiletto Jill

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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