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« on: March 24, 2017, 04:51:41 AM »
Some have forgotten about Smith, the Cavaliers' starting shooting guard on the franchise's first-ever championship team just nine months ago. This is just his fifth game back following a grueling three months of surgery and rehabilitation on a fractured right thumb.
CLEVELAND — J.R. Smith is sitting at his locker, openly complaining about having to put on a shirt.
Eventually, Smith lets out a deep sigh before slipping on a white dress shirt over his tattooed torso. He leaves it unbuttoned, of course, as he heads over to the largest locker room mirror for some self inspection. There, Smith takes a second to adjust his hair and fix his sleeves with the precision of a teenager before prom night.
Since his last game action in J.A. Happ Authentic Jersey late December, the Cavs have undergone quite the transformation. They traded for another shooting guard, Kyle Korver, in January. They claimed Derrick Williams following his release from the Miami Heat and signed former All-Star point guard Deron Williams to bolster the backcourt.
Cleveland signed and then released Andrew Bogut following a broken tibia after just 58 seconds of game action. Larry Sanders, out of the league since the 2014-15 season, has since taken his place.
All of these additions have grabbed headlines and improved the roster in various ways. Come postseason play, however, none will have as great an impact as Smith.
Once cast off from basketball's mecca to now pushing through his "toughest year," Smith is returning to his two-way form at the perfect time.
There's LeBron James' block on a driving Andre Iguodala, Kyrie Irving's step-back three-pointer over Stephen Curry and Love's defense on Curry that sealed the Cavaliers' Game 7 win and championship.
So quickly we forget Smith made all of these plays possible.
After a near-deadlocked first half, the Warriors blew open an eight-point lead with 10:33 to play in the third quarter. The home Golden State crowd was gaining momentum, and Cleveland's improbable comeback looked to be quickly dying.
As for that block by James? If Smith isn't there to initially contest Iguodala's layup, it never happens.
When the Cavaliers traded for Smith and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks in January 2015, many believed the latter would become Cleveland's two-way starting shooting guard.
Instead, head coach Tyronn Lue holds Smith in the highest regard.
"As far as our best wing defender, I still say that he is," Lue told Bleacher Report. On a team with Shumpert, James and DeAndre Liggins, that's significant praise.
Although known for his scoring, Smith's defense is what the Cavaliers truly crave. They allow 106.3 points per game on the season and went just 22-14 during his three-month absence. With Smith, Cleveland began the season 20-6.
In a March 16 win over the Utah Jazz, Smith dropped 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from deep while having to guard All-Star Gordon Hayward for the entire fourth quarter. While Smith's big three-pointer with 1:10 left sealed the win, Hayward was held scoreless over the final 15:41 of the game.
"He's J.R., man," Irving told Bleacher Report. "He's going to take some tough threes. He's going to make some as well, but he got a few open ones tonight, which was good. It easily allowed him to get into his rhythm. When he started hitting the bottom of the net, that's when you know J.R. is really, really locked in."
Even 7'2" Rudy Gobert, one of the Defensive Player of the Year front-runners, didn't seem to make Smith pause when getting into the paint.
Here, with James, Irving and Love all on the floor, Smith essentially saved the game.
On back-to-back offensive possessions, Smith nailed three-pointers to cut the lead to two before recording a steal that led to a game-tying jumper by Irving.These three-pointers turned the momentum and were just as valuable as any other Game 7 moment for the Cavaliers.
Given Authentic Jack Johnson Womens Jersey the return of Smith andLove, Cleveland is slowly returning to full strength. This presents a (positive) problem for Lue when it comes to spreading minutes around.