ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Knicks may be down 1-0 to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but this hasn’t affected the confidence of the Knicks’ players. They’ve believed all season that they can win with their helter-skelter style, and a couple of poor shooting games won’t undermine what’s worked all season.
This self-confidence runs especially deep in J.R. Smith, the Knicks’ recently crowned Kia Sixth Man of the Year, who embodies the “I’m-a-shooter-so-I’ll-keep-shooting” archetype. Since serving a one-game suspension in the first round against Boston, Smith has hit a cold spell, shooting a combined 12-42 in his last three games. (Even though he went 4-15 against Indiana, he did get to the free throw line 10 times and finished with 17 points.)
Regardless of how things are going, J.R. is going to play his game, and the Knicks are going to play their game. If you don’t like this, you can jump off the Knicks’ bandwagon.
And just in case you’re one of the ones jumping off, Smith tweeted a few tips yesterday evening so that you won’t injure yourself.
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