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JR Smith: Celtics don’t know what to do without Rajon Rondo

The Boston Celtics have put themselves in a tough spot against the New York Knicks as they head back home. The age of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and company was evident in the first two games of the playoffs, as they were unable to close out games or come up with answers late in the fourth quarter. Fatigue has clearly been a factor, but we must also remember that the Celtics have been missing Rajon Rondo.

Without Rondo, who is out for the season after tearing his ACL, Boston has not been able to keep up with New York’s speed. The Celtics scored 78 points in their Game 1 loss to the Knicks and only 71 in Game 2. JR Smith believes that has a lot to do with the absence of Rondo.

“When Rondo is out there, they are in a certain flow,” Smith told Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix. “When he is not out there, they sort of don’t know who to go to or [what] plays to run. That’s a credit to a great player like Rondo. When he is in the game, he seems to know two or three plays ahead of what they want to do.”

There were points throughout the regular season when the Celtics appeared to be chugging along and talking head radio hosts claimed they were better off without Rondo. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and the Knicks are proving that.

Boston scored only 23 points in the second half of Game 2 against New York — the fewest in the team’s playoff history. If Rondo was in the lineup, that would never happen. Not only that, but Raymond Felton and Smith would not be nearly as effective as they have been if both Rondo and Avery Bradley were healthy.

Smith may say some incredibly dumb things, but he’s spot-on this time. Without Rondo, the Celtics have been lost against the Knicks.

H/T Eye on Basketball
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JR Smith ordered to pay $48,000 for allegedly skipping out on jewelry bill

JR Smith reportedly has been ordered to pay over $48,000 to a jewelry company for allegedly not paying a bill after ordering some items from them in 2010.

According to TMZ, Smith ordered a diamond chain, two Black Jesus pendants and some earrings from Lemmerman’s — totaling $25,500.

The company sued Smith for $48,101, which was the amount of the jewelry plus interest and attorney’s fees. Smith did not respond to the suit and was ordered by a judge to pay $48,000.

Lemmerman’s advertises a great deal of custom-made jewelry on their website. They also seem to be quite popular with athletes; CJ Miles, Ryan Gomez, Keith Bogans, and Jared Sullinger are among the players whose names appear on the site for their products.

Below is a look at the Black Jesus pendant ordered by Smith:

Black Jesus pendant

That is pretty sweet looking. I have nothing against Black Jesus, but where’s the love for Korean Jesus?

JR Smith rips on Mike Woodson for wearing an ugly shirt (Picture)

Mike Woodson shirt

If JR Smith ends up with a DNP – coach’s decision for the New York Knicks’ game at the Toronto Raptors Friday, you’ll know why.

The Knicks guard shared the picture you see above on his Instagram account Thursday, along with the caption, “#Top5WorstShirtsIveSeenInMyLife!”

Guess he’s not a fan of coach Mike Woodson’s black shirt/white polka dot look. Who can really complain about the shirt? Other than that odd patch of just black on the back of it, it looks beautiful.

Maybe Woodson needed a Young Money tattoo on his neck to get Smith’s seal of approval.

Woodson was already said to be getting tired of Smith’s antics. I can’t imagine this wardrobe criticism is going to go over well.

Photo credit: Instagram/JR Smith

Mike Woodson, Knicks reportedly getting fed up with JR Smith

JR Smith has played an important role for the New York Knicks this season, averaging more than 15 points per game and giving the team a dangerous perimeter shooter. He has been one of the best sixth men in the league, but that does not mean New York’s coaching staff is overly thrilled with him.

On Wednesday night, Smith was ejected in the third quarter of a blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers. He drew a double technical foul after a dust-up with Lance Stephenson in the first half and was tossed in the second half after being called for an offensive foul and using a hand gesture to show his disapproval. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was not pleased after the game.

“I’m not happy about how we played and how we carried ourselves professionally on the basketball court,” Woodson told reporters, via the NY Post. “We can’t do that. I’m not going to tolerate that. I’m just not.”

Smith also got into a somewhat heated exchange with Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams during a timeout in the first half. According to the Post, the anger between the two appeared to carry over into the locker room after the game:

As Smith talked to a media scrum, Williams walked over and ordered Smith to take his headphones off while he was addressing reporters. Smith’s headphones were draped around his head. Smith took them off and Williams shook his head in disgust as he walked away.

Smith may be playing particularly well this season (he dropped 26 points in a win over the Toronto Raptors just before the All-Star break), but as we know he has an incredibly unique personality. He said his improved play has been the result of toning down the partying, but it sounds like JR is also in need of an attitude adjustment if he wants to continue to have the respect of his coaching staff.

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JR Smith asks girl who messaged him if she’s ‘trying to get the pipe’

JR Smith is quite the ladies’ man. The New York Knicks guard has had dalliances with the likes of musicians Rihanna and K. Michelle. He has dated the large-bottomed ex-girlfriend of rapper Joe Budden, and this heavily-tattooed model.

Smith is in high demand when it comes to the ladies, so excuse him if he just gets right to the point when he senses a woman is interested in him.

Take for instance this direct message exchange he had with a girl over Twitter. According to Deadspin, this exchange took place last month before the Knicks visited the Philadelphia 76ers. The girl involved is apparently a senior in high school.

JR Smith Twitter exchange

Oof. Not the smoothest line out there, huh? Smith was just oozing with the charm of Rex Manning in the lunch room.

Of course, after Deadspin published the story, Smith seemed to respond via Instagram:

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JR Smith airballed a free throw, and the Knicks bench loved it (Video)

JR Smith free throwJR Smith’s shooting is generally considered to be a strength in his game, but it was the source of embarrassment on Monday.

Smith shot 5-for-15 from the field and went 1-of-2 at the free throw line in the New York Knicks’ 99-85 win over the Detroit Pistons. A career 74.5 percent shooter from the line, Smith had 16 points which is right on his season average, but he airballed a free throw during the second quarter.

Smith’s free throw actually hit nothing but the bottom of the net. The only problem is it did not go through the actual cylinder first.

After his miss, Smith gazed at teammate Amar’e Stoudemire in disbelief before shrugging it off with some laughs. Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony could help themselves and busted out laughing on the bench. They could afford to — the Knicks had a huge lead at that point and won the game pretty easily.

Chest bump to SB Nation

JR Smith hits Kris Humphries with a Kanye West blast

JR SmithKris Humphries tried boasting following his team’s win over the Knicks on Monday, but JR Smith put him in place.

Humphries, who had 11 points and 13 rebounds in the Brooklyn Nets’ 88-85 win at Madison Square Garden, bragged on Twitter about his team quieting the home crowd.

“Big game tonight! The Garden got really quiet on the way out!” he wrote.

Knicks guard JR Smith didn’t like what he read, so he hit Humphries back with a Kanye West taunt.

Kanye of course is the new boyfriend of Humphries’ ex, Kim Kardashian. Kris and Kim are still technically married, though they have been separated since Kardashian filed for divorce in Oct. 2011, 72 days after they were married.

Kanye performed at the Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at MSG last month, leading to the well-timed tweet from Smith.

Smith has gotten himself into trouble over Twitter in the past, but he’ll only get laughs from this one. Well played JR, well played.

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