Smith scored a season-high 26 points (10-16 FG, 6-10 3Pt) in Monday's 117-103 win against the Magic. After dealing with injuries early in the season, Smith is starting to show some consistency with double-digit scoring in five straight games. It helps that Mo Williams has been out, leaving Smith as the third scoring option behind Kevin Love and LeBron James. Smith's value takes a hit once Williams returns, but he'll still provide a steady amount of three-pointers.
Smith scored 18 points (7-12 FG, 4-8 3Pt) and recorded two rebounds and an assist over 39 minutes in Thursday's win over the Bucks. After a rocky start to the campaign, Smith seems to be settling in as the Cavs' starting shooting guard. He's set a new season-high mark in scoring in three successive games, and owes much of his success to his renewed willingness to hoist three-point attempts. In his first four games of the season, Smith put up an abnormally low nine shots from deep, making only two of those tries. In the four games since, Smith has attempted at least six shots from downtown, going a collective 11-for-29 (37.9 percent).
Smith provided 10 points (4-14 FG, 2-8 3Pt), nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 51 minutes in the double-overtime loss to Milwaukee on Saturday. Smith missed three games a week ago with a knee injury, but his extreme minutes indicate that he is feeling pretty good. Since returning, the veteran wing is making just 32.3 percent of his shots from the field and 29.4 percent on 3-pointers. He tends to run hot and cold, so a hot streak could come soon.
Smith (knee) scored just seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt) with three assists over 22 minutes in Tuesday's 118-114 win against the Jazz. After missing three games, Smith had a quiet return as coach David Blatt clearly wants to ease him back into the rotation. Mo Williams was on fire all night so Smith took the back seat. J.R. may need a few games to get back up to speed.
Smith (knee) will return Tuesday against the Jazz, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports. Smith was given a questionable designation entering Tuesday, but he'll make his return to the court, marking his first game since Nov. 2 against the 76ers. The Cavaliers have not released their official starting lineup, but Smith is expected to join Mo Williams in the backcourt, replacing veteran Richard Jefferson.
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