Small forward Carmelo Anthony wasn’t the only New York
Knicks’ player dealing with injury at the end of the season. Shooting guard
J.R. Smith was playing through a swollen left knee that contained fluid
buildup, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.
“[Smith’s] been playing hurt,” the league source said. “He probably should’ve sat out a couple of games. It’s what Melo had. That’s why he wasn’t driving the ball like he was. That’s why his jump shot wasn’t right, not having the lift.’’