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Plain Dealer May 22, 2015

Breaking down J.R. Smith's big night for Cleveland: An X's and O's look

The shots J.R. Smith took on Wednesday weren't easy ones, but when he's hot, he can make almost anything.
New York Post May 22, 2015

The Michael Jordan trait LeBron’s using to raise J.R. Smith’s game

J.R. Smith drew comparisons to Dennis Rodman this offseason — both from Knicks president Phil Jackson and Rodman himself. Now Smith may have met his version of Michael Jordan. “There...
Akron Beacon Journal May 21, 2015

Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith thriving under pressure — both defensive and playoff

ATLANTA: J.R. Smith is used to the hard way. For whatever reason, it’s the path he seems to take throughout life. It should come as no surprise that Smith prefers it that way on the court, too.Smith’s 28 points Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks were a career postseason high for him and staked the Cavaliers to a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference finals series. He did it primarily by making a franchise-record eight 3-pointers with hands in his face all night. That’s how he prefers it.“I’d rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day. It’s just kind of boring...
Plain Dealer May 21, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith: 'I would rather take a contested shot than an open shot'

"I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day," J.R. Smith said. "It's kind of boring when you get open shots. It's more pressure because when you get a wide-open shot everyone is expecting you to make it."
Plain Dealer May 21, 2015

Cavs Insider: Talking J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving and Cavaliers-Hawks

We talked all things Cavaliers-Hawks on today's Cavs Insider.
Plain Dealer May 21, 2015

J.R. Smith's eight 3-pointers one of many reasons why the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 1 of Eastern Conference finals (videos)

J.R. Smith's big performance was one of many reasons why the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Denver Post May 21, 2015
Former Nugget J.R. Smith wins huge game for Cavaliers

Former Nugget J.R. Smith wins huge game for Cavaliers

Lunch Special: Each weekday near noontime, a Denver Post sports writer dares to dish. In this installment, Benjamin Hochman examines former Nuggets guard J.R. Smith's emergence in Cleveland.
Plain Dealer May 21, 2015

J.R. Smith may have been overlooked for previous 3-Point Contests, but created his own in Game 1 and mom couldn't be prouder

J.R. Smith was bypassed from competing in Three-Point Contest and in return he created his own long distance shootout in Game 1 of the ECF.
Plain Dealer May 21, 2015

LeBron James, J.R. Smith carry Cleveland Cavaliers past Atlanta Hawks: DMan's Report, NBA Playoffs, Round 3, Game 1

LeBron James and J.R. Smith combined for 59 points as the Cavs defeated the Hawks, 97-89, Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final in Atlanta.
Plain Dealer May 21, 2015

The Atlanta Hawks got off to a fast start, but it was J.R. Smith who hit the shots late: Cleveland Cavaliers & NBA links

J.R. Smith scored 28 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers victory against the Atlanta Hawks.
Plain Dealer May 21, 2015

J.R. Smith, LeBron James too much for Atlanta Hawks as Cleveland Cavaliers take Game 1 of ECF 97-89

J.R. Smith kept the Cavaliers in it and LeBron James finished it to take Game 1 97-89.
Plain Dealer May 21, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith proves to be Eastern Conference finals Game 1 difference maker

With the Cleveland Cavaliers starting backcourt hobbled and the offense needing a spark, J.R. Smith came to the rescue in Cleveland's Game 1 win against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals.
Cavs 97, Hawks 89; Jason Lloyd's 28 thoughts on J.R. Smith, redemption and a historic road win

Cavs 97, Hawks 89; Jason Lloyd's 28 thoughts on J.R. Smith, redemption and a historic road win

  ATLANTA: Twenty-eight thoughts for 28 points from J.R. Smith in a 97-89 Game 1 Eastern Conference finals victory against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday… 1. When the Cavs acquired J.R. Smith in January, reaction from team executives across the league ranged from “I would’ve rather given the Knicks a first-round pick for Shumpert just to keep from having to take him” all the way to “if he is a problem next year Dan (Gilbert) will just cut him.” Four months later, it’s difficult to imagine where this team would be without him. 2. Smith was sensational again and has been...
Chronicle-Telegram May 21, 2015

Cavaliers 97, Hawks 89: LeBron James scores 31, J.R. Smith 28 as Cleveland makes statement with Game 1 win in Atlanta

ATLANTA — J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot. While LeBron James led Cleveland with 31 points, it was Smith who Read More...The post Cavaliers 97, Hawks 89: LeBron James scores 31, J.R. Smith 28 as Cleveland makes statement with Game 1 win in Atlanta appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram.Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright The Chronicle-Telegram....
Chronicle-Telegram May 21, 2015

Cavaliers: J.R. Smith, who’s found a home in Cleveland, makes 8 3-pointers in Game 1 win

INDEPENDENCE — J.R. Smith barely has as an inch of skin not covered by tattoos, offering a colorful timeline of the enigmatic Cleveland shooting guard’s life. Some of the markings are personal: portraits on his chest of his mom and Jesus, an NBA logo on his ring finger and an interlocking NY on his neck. Read More...The post Cavaliers: J.R. Smith, who’s found a home in Cleveland, makes 8 3-pointers in Game 1 win appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram.Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright The Chronicle-Telegram. Your #1 source for Lorain County News.

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