Knicks vs. Pacers: J.R. Smith Game 3 Status Questionable; Rihanna Subplot Gains Steam

By Thomas Emerick
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When rumors about J.R. Smith partying with Rihanna following Game 2 came out, it was met by the masses with a mix of disappointment and mad props. As long as Smith finished the series strong, everyone knew it wouldn’t matter.

However, most high-fives are probably now turning more into frustration as Smith is questionable for Saturday night’s New York KnicksIndiana Pacers Game 3 tilt with a reported 102-degree fever.

“We’ve just got to weigh it and see where he is at game time,” Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said via ESPN. “I don’t know at this point. … Depending on what the doctors tell us when we get back, we’ll mix and match.”

“If he can’t play I got to figure it out.”

On the bright side for New York, it takes some of the attention away from Carmelo Anthony, who has been hounded with criticism ever since the Knicks dropped their first postseason contest in Game 4 of Round 1 against the Boston Celtics.

“I don’t want to speak on that,” Anthony responded when asked about Smith’s nightlife earlier this week, via Steve Popper of “To me, he’s focused now. He’s here with us, when he’s here, he’s here. Whatever he’s been doing in his spare time he does in his spare time … I want him to remain positive regardless of what’s going on off the court, what’s being said about him.”

Smith earned his Sixth Man of the Year award on the back of his hot shooting, though it’s been anything but that this series as he’s shot just 7-for-30 from the field thus far. Perhaps with Amare Stoudemire‘s return, the Knicks offense could remain in relatively decent shape if Smith sits out this one.

If Smith comes back on fire, everyone will stop caring that he partied with a pop star with two days of rest ahead.

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