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J.R. Smith Put on a Dunking and Dribbling Clinic Against the Cavs Last Night (Videos)
As much as we have enjoyed making fun of the Knicks and the embarrassing antics of J.R. Smith this season, we’re not going to turn our heads and look the other way when they do something great just so it fits the “Knicks suck” narrative. Don’t get me wrong, the Knicks still do suck. But last night, at least, they played really well, and Smith reminded us what he is capable of doing when he’s not behaving like an ass-clown.
Starting in the place of the injured Iman Shumpert, the 2012-13 “Sixth Man of the Year” Winner did not lead his team in scoring. Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 29 points in the Knicks blowout of the Cavs. However, Smith did score 19 points, and he provided 100% of the highlight reel plays.
There was, for example, this crossover that totally froze the 2013 No. 1 draft pick, Anthony Bennett:
Then there was this ankle-breaker on Tristan Thompson:
And, finally, there was this fast-break reverse dunk as the Knicks really started running away with the game in the fourth quarter:
As we saw last year, when J.R. actually puts his mind to playing basketball he’s actually pretty good. That’s why it is a shame he’s been so obsessed with shoelaces this year.