JR Smith Takes Blame For Series Against Indiana Pacers

May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) drives to the net past Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks win 105-79. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

JR Smith has shot the ball extremely poorly for a 6-game stretch now, and he is taking the blame for the fact that the New York Knicks find themselves 3-1 down against the Indiana Pacers and on the brink of playoff elimination.

It’s really no surprise that Smith is going through a stretch like this. He is a volume shooter who has very little regard for shot selection and shooting slumps are thus inevitable.

Against Indiana, Smith is shooting 28.1% from the field, and scored in single digits in two of the games. He is also shooting 23.1% from the 3-point line and 64.7% from the free throw line.

Smith’s cold run started following his ejection in game 3 against the Boston Celtics. When Smith returned to the lineup for game 5, he shot 3-14.

Without his scoring (or rather, efficient scoring) the Knicks stand little to no chance against the Pacers, who never give their opponents anything for free.

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Topics: Indiana Pacers, JR Smith, NBA Playoffs, New York Knicks

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