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JR Smith suspensions are back at a bad time for Cavs

Posted by On March 02, 2018

JR Smith suspensions are back at a bad time for Cavs

Just when the Cavaliers thought they were piecing things together, J.R. Smith has come along to throw another wrench in their plans.

The team announced Thursday evening the frequently shirtless guard had been suspended one game for “detrimental conduct,” a ban Smith will serve Thursday, missing the Cavaliers hosting the 76ers.

The suspension will cost Smith $94,897, according to ESPN, and because the punishment was doled out by the team, the Cavaliers will not benefit from any related luxury-tax relief.

This is far from Smith’s first suspension. He was banned 10 games in 2006 for his role in a brawl; another three in 2007 for a nightclub incident; four games in the 2012-13 season for throwing an elbow; five games in 2013-14 for drugs; and two games in 2015 for another arm toss.

The Cavaliers have been a hotbed of locker-room strife and dissatisfaction for months now, si nce the internal strife that led to Kyrie Irving being shipped to Boston for a package including Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas wasn’t any better of a fit and was sent to the Lakers at the trade deadline, part of a larger movement by the Cavaliers to get their locker room under control and get back on track for a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance.

Smith, the former Knick, is averaging 8.3 points per game in 29.3 minutes this season and currently is mired in a 4-for-22 swoon from the field over his past three games.

The Cavaliers shared no specific information on Smith’s infraction, but for a franchise that appears to be coming together at the right moment, any trouble from a team leader is likely unwelcome.

Smith was an integral part of the Cavaliers’ championship-winning team in 2016 and famously went shirtless for the victory parade, prompting no less a figure than then-President Obama to tell him to cover up.

Source: Google News US Sports | Netizen 24 United States

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