Knicks’ J.R. Smith played through fluid buildup in knee

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 is expected to have his knee drained of the fluid in the next two weeks. This would be the same procedure Anthony and Los Angeles Lakers forward Meta World Peace have endured recently.

According to a source, Smith had played through knee issues since March, but the ailment acted up severely during the playoffs. The source believes the injury should have sidelined Smith for a couple games during the postseason.
“[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.’’
Smith considered draining the knee before the playoffs, but opted to hold off until after the season. His performance apparently suffered as a result.

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