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.
J.R. Smith: "I take the blame for this whole series."
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 15, 2013
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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