J.R. Smith

#5 SG / Cleveland Cavaliers / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-6 Weight: 225 lb Age: 32 College: None

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  • 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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  • Smith missed the Cavaliers' morning shootaround while tending to a personal matter, but is expected to rejoin the team in advance of Monday's game against the 76ers, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports. Smith learned of the death of his cousin early Monday and is presumably spending time with his family before reporting back to the Cavaliers. Cedi Osman worked out with the starting five at shootaround and would presumably receive the nod at shooting guard if Smith is unable to make it back to the team is time. Smith has struggled to a 35.5 percent mark from the field and 30.8 percent success rate from downtown in 19 games this season, but did provide his second-best scoring output of the campaign (16 points) in the Cavaliers' last game Friday against the Hornets.

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  • Smith contributed 20 points (7-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound and one steal across 36 minutes during a 124-119 win over the Bucks on Tuesday. Smith's 20 points and five three-pointers made easily marked season highs after what had been a rough start to the season for him. During the first 11 games, he is shooting a miserable 33.3 percent from the field. Smith will likely start shooting the ball a little better, but even during his best games, he does not provide much other than points and three-pointers.

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  • Smith (back) will play and start in Tuesday's matchup against the Bulls, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Smith was held out of the team's morning shootaround because of a sore back, but it appears that it wasn't anything overly serious and he should be good to go Tuesday. Look for Smith to make his first start of the season at shooting guard after the Cavaliers collectively decided that it was more beneficial to bring Dwyane Wade off the bench and insert Smith into the top unit to bring some much-needed outside shooting to space the floor.

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  • Cavaliers' J.R. Smith: Moving into starting lineup
    By RotoWire Staff

    Smith will move into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Bulls, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports. In a move that probably should have been made a week earlier, the Cavs will reinsert Smith into the starting five at shooting guard, while Dwyane Wade shifts to the bench. While both Wade and Smith have their deficiencies, Smith is a markedly better three-point shooter and a better defender at this stage in his career. After parting ways with an excellent outside shooter in Kyrie Irving this summer, the Cavs are desperate for floor-spacers in the backcourt, and that's exactly what Smith will bring. The 32-year-old has struggled thus far -- 2-13 3PT -- but he's a career 37.3 percent shooter from deep -- a drastic upgrade over Wade's career mark (28.7% 3PT).

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