J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 2 days ago

Smith scored 28 points (10-16 FG, 8-12 3Pt) with eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's win over the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

His hot shooting from beyond the arc allowed the Cavs to go with a smaller lineup much of the night, and Atlanta couldn't find an answer for him defensively. Smith isn't the most consistent player, but he'll try to stay dialed in on Friday in Game 2.

J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 1 week ago

Smith scored 12 points (3-6 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT) with eight rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes in the win over Chicago on Thursday.

Smith played increased minutes in each of his four games after serving his two-game suspension. He averaged 3.0 3-pointers in the four games. Smith played a few extra minutes with Kyrie Irving (knee) out, but should play major minutes in the Eastern Conference finals off the bench.

J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 1 week ago

Smith scored 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt) with three rebounds in 29 minutes in the win over Chicago on Tuesday.

Since returning from his two-game suspension, Smith has averaged 13.0 points and 3.0 3-pointers on 42.9 percent from long range. He continues to come off the bench and fulfill his role.

J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 2 weeks ago

Smith scored 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt) with three rebounds in 27 minutes in the win over Chicago on Sunday.

Smith continues to come off the bench in relief of Iman Shumpert. He hit seven 3-pointers in the two games in Chicago and will look to continue his fine perimeter shooting in Game 5 on Sunday.

J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 2 weeks ago

Smith will come off the bench once again for Game 4 against the Bulls on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Smith was suspended for the first two games of the Chicago series and wasn't given his normal spot in the starting five upon his return in Game 3. Rather, Iman Shumpert has taken over the role as coach David Blatt's starting shooting guard. Additionally, Smith only spent 27 minutes on the court in Game 3 whereas Shumpert was given 37, which is likely how the minutes will be distributed yet again in Game 4.

J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 2 weeks ago

Smith (suspension) returned from a two-game absence and scored 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-8 3Pt) in 27 minutes in the loss to Chicago on Friday.

Smith hit a pair of 3-pointers in the last two and a half minutes to tie the game each time. He was able to take advantage of the Chicago defense focusing on LeBron James. Despite coming off the bench, he played his usual complement of minutes and he may start in Game 4 on Sunday.

J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 2 weeks ago

Smith (suspension) will come off the bench Friday against the Bulls for Game 3, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Smith normally starts for Cleveland but coach David Blatt went with the continuity of leaving Iman Shumpert (groin) in the starting five after Smith was suspended for the first two games of the series. That said, Smith could still end up spending more time on the court than Shumpert and may even be placed back in the starting lineup later on in the series.

J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 2 weeks ago

Smith is set to return from his two-game suspension Friday against the Bulls.

Smith was suspended two games by the league for his blow to the head of Boston's Jae Crowder in Game 4 of the Cavs' first-round series. Cleveland split the first two games with Chicago in Smith's absence, and his return should allow coach David Blatt to play with a few more rotations. Smith will likely return to his spot in the starting lineup, and he figures to see big minutes with Iman Shumpert dealing with a groin injury. Smith's return will equate to fewer minuets for James Jones and Mike Miller.

J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 4 weeks ago

Smith has been suspended for two games after striking Boston's Jae Crowder in the face during Sunday's series-clinching Game 4, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.

As expected, Smith will face additional discipline from the league after he was ejected from Sunday's game. He'll sit out the first two games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, joining Kevin Love (shoulder), who has been ruled out for the series, on the sideline. Iman Shumpert is the top candidate to move into the starting lineup in Smith's place, and shooters James Jones and Mike Miller could also pick up some extra minutes.

J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 4 weeks ago

Smith was ejected in the third quarter of Game 4 against the Celtics on Sunday for striking a blow to the head of Boston's Jae Crowder.

Smith managed to spend 16 minutes on the court and compiled eight points before getting unceremoniously ejected Sunday. Most importantly, he may ultimately get suspended by the NBA for his actions. With Cleveland's upcoming schedule uncertain, look for James Jones and Shawn Marion to see more playing time if Smith is in fact suspended.