Smith recorded zero points (0-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt), one rebound and one assist across 27 minutes during a 133-99 loss to the Raptors on Thursday. Smith had his first scoreless effort of the season as the team got destroyed. He is now 0-of-12 from the field over the last two games, for a total of two points. Despite a consistent workload, Smith has been poor since the beginning of December, with only five games of double-figure scoring.
Smith (knee), barring an unexpected setback, is expected to be available for Monday's contest against the Warriors, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports. Smith went through practice Saturday after missing Thursday's victory over the Bulls. In his stead, Channing Frye drew the start and is a likely candidate to have his minutes reduced with Smith's return.
Smith is dealing with a sore left knee and has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bulls, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reports. The fact that it's listed as soreness likely means it won't result in an extended absence, though Smith will still sit out Thursday's tilt with the Bulls. His next opportunity to play will be Monday against the Warriors, though tentatively consider him questionable for that contest. In his place, the Cavaliers will go with a bigger starting lineup that features Channing Frye in the top unit, while guys like Dwyane Wade and Kyle Korver should pick up some extra playing time off the bench on the wing.
Smith provided two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and two assists in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 119-116 loss to the Bucks. Smith picked up two fouls in the first quarter and simply never got going. Smith hasn't scored in double figures once over the last six games, but he did tally nine boards in one tilt and eight dimes in another during the same recent stretch. Despite seeing 30-plus minutes on most nights, the 32-year-old veteran wing is averaging just 7.8 points per game in 2017-18, which is worse than all but one of Smith's career marks (7.7 points in 18.0 minutes per night as a sophomore in 2005-06).
Smith (personal) will play and start Monday's game against the 76ers, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports. Smith found out about the death of his cousin early Monday morning, which in turn resulted in his absence from shootaround. However, as expected, Smith is not going to miss any time and will take on his usual role in the starting lineup at shooting guard. Smith shouldn't be on any restrictions Monday.
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