Knicks sixth man J.R. Smith believes his massive shooting slump in the playoffs after he returned from a one-game suspension was due to angering the basketball gods. It appears he also aggravated his coach.
Smith drew a five-game suspension for the start of this season for failing his third marijuana test. Coach Mike Woodson put the pressure on Smith to “grow up and do the right thing.’’
“He’s a big piece to the puzzle’’ Woodson said. “I’m not going to throw him out to pasture. My job is to coach him and make sure what happens doesn’t happen again. I expect his teammates to show him some love. At end of the day he’s got to do the thing with his team me as a coach the organization and fans that support him. That’s what it’s all about. He’s got to grow up and do the right things.’’
Smith’s shooting percentage plummeted in the Knicks’ second-round downfall against the Pacers. Once he returned from missing Game 4 of the first round against the Celtics after a one-game suspe