J.R. Smith believes he’s the one to blame for the New York Knicks’ 3-1 series deficit versus the Indiana Pacers.
The 27 year-old has played through an illness that resulted in a 102-degree fever on Saturday. However, Smith did not rely on that to excuse his poor performance.
New York has counted on Smith as their secondary scorer behind Carmelo Anthony all season, however YouWager experts consider he hasn’t been great for most of the playoffs.
In nine games the shooting guard is averaging 14.3 points per game on 33.6 percent shooting. Smith has made just 15 of his 53 3-point attempts (28 percent).
The former New Orleans Hornets difficulties appeared to have started in Game 5 of the Knicks-Boston Celtics series.
The 2013 NBA Sixth Man of the Year served a one-game suspension in Game 4 of the series for elbowing Celtics’s Jason Terry in the face in Game 3.
Ever since that suspension, Smith is 29-for-91 (28.5 percent). The 6 ft 6 in player has missed 27 of his 37 attempts from beyond the arc.
New York is 2-4 in those games. Before the suspension, Smith was averaging 16 points on 43 percent shooting in three games. The Knicks had come out victorious in all of those games.