Knicks Insider: Listless J.R. Smith sees little action

By on December 1, 2014

J.R. Smith played a season-low five and a half minutes in Sunday’s 86-79 loss to Miami, missing all four of his shots from the floor.

Afterward, Knicks coach Derek Fisher revealed that Smith was ill on Sunday and had received an IV before the game.

“J.R. wasn’t feeling well today,” he said. “I don’t know if it was a virus or something that impacted him throughout the day today. He had to have some IV fluids before the game. Energy just wasn’t there for him tonight. He tried to give it a go but I don’t think it’s right to put him in that position and have him out there not able to be himself.”

Smith was pulled from the game with 8:41 left in the second quarter after he missed a 17-footer. Smith sat on the bench, showing little energy or emotion. He later returned to the floor but did little, and Fisher didn’t say if he would be ready for Tuesday’s home game against the Nets.

SHUMPERT SHAKEN
Iman Shumpert twisted his right ankle after he stepped on Dwyane Wade’s foot after burying a jumper with 2:45 left in the first half.

He made just 3-of 13 shots and finished with six points, but he said he was fine afterward and said the ankle wasn’t an issue.

OUTSPOKEN AMAR’E
Amar’e Stoudemire lit into his teammates after Friday’s blowout loss to Oklahoma City, questioning the team’s efforts without singling anyone out.

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On Sunday, Stoudemire continued his harsh critique of the team, questioning the players’ mindset in practice, team shootarounds and in games.

“At this point I just think we have to look ourselves in the mirror and see if we put forth the effort that we need to win,” said Stoudemire, who finished with 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

“We got to take it upon ourselves to see if we’re bringing forth the effort or seeing if we’re prepared for the game or having the right metal attitude to play the game at a high level.”

But Stoudemire doubted he will have to worry about his teammates getting up to face Brooklyn on Tuesday.

“We always are ready to go when we play Brooklyn,” he said.

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