J.R. Smith To Wear Mask After Fracturing Cheekbone


Smith has a small fracture in his cheekbone and will keep playing but will wear a mask Wednesday night against the Kings, the team announced. The injury happened against the Thunder Sunday when his face collided with Kevin Durant’s knee.

Smith started slow this season — on the year he is averaging 13 points with a true shooting percentage of 49.3, well below the league average.

As you all know the Knicks had a terrible start to the season and somehow, someway, they are two games out of a playoff spot. If Smith can stay strong and play up to his expectations with the rest of the team, we may have a playoff team who is currently 11 games below .500.

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