Rihanna: JR Smith slumping because he’s hungover from partying in clubs

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J.R. Smith has been shooting the ball terribly during the playoffs, and Rihanna says that’s because the New York Knicks guard is hungover from partying in clubs every night.

Smith shot the ball well in Games 2 and 3 of the Knicks-Boston Celtics series, which the Knicks won in six games. He went 13-of-27 (48 percent) including 4-9 (44 percent) on 3-pointers those two games. But after being suspended for Game 4 of the series for his elbow to Jason Terry in Game 3, Smith began shooting terribly.

Smith has shot an abysmal 28.6 percent from the field since Game 5 against the Celtics. No surprise, New York has struggled accordingly and only gone 2-4 in those playoff games. Now Rihanna has an explanation for his struggles.

Smith and Rihanna were rumored to have been dating last year. The gossip about them picked up again last week after they were pictured partying at the same club. Rihanna also confirmed she broke up with Chris Brown.

The singer posted a photo to her popular Instagram account on Thursday and must have received a comment from a Knicks fan who goes by @peruvian_gawd on Instagram. She responded to him with the message below where she says Smith is screwing up because he’s hungover from partying at clubs every night:

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JR Smith responds to partying rumors, takes shot at bandwaggon fans

JR SmithJR Smith took aim at some fans following the New York Knicks’ 102-95 loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

Rumors circulated late Saturday/early Sunday that Smith, who by his own admission has partied too much in the past, was out at a club late into the evening.

A tweet sent from The 40/40 Club in New York said Smith was in attendance:

Smith shot 4-for-15 in the loss, and some were attributing his sub-par game to his alleged partying. He addressed that matter over Twitter:

Smith then took a broader swipe at fans by accusing them of being disloyal. He then shared a photo of a humorous “official NBA bandwaggon transferral form” on Instagram:

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JR Smith when asked about Jason Terry: ‘Who?’

The Boston Celtics have an incredibly tall task ahead of them if they want to advance to the next round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. They are returning to New York on Wednesday night to face the Knicks, who have put Kevin Garnett and company in a 3-1 hole. If the Celtics need bulletin board matieral to motivate them, JR Smith is doing his best to provide it.

Smith did not play in Game 4 after he was suspended for elbowing Jason Terry during Game 3. Terry was a big reason the Celtics were able to force Game 5 with his 18-point performance (9 in overtime) in Game 4. When asked about Terry’s success in Game 4, Smith refused to acknowledge his existence.

“Who?” Smith said, via the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin. “I don’t even know who that is.”

Refusing to let him off that easy, a reporter asked Smith a follow-up question about the Celtics guard.

“Who?” he asked again. “Who is that?”

There you go, Boston. If Doc Rivers was looking for something to use to wake his team up at Madison Square Garden, this should be a good place to start. Smith was also asked if the Knicks would have been able to sweep the Celtics had he not been suspended.

“Oh, yeah,” he said confidently. “It would have been over. I would have been playing golf today.”

This is the same Smith who recently said the Celtics are lost because they are missing a certain player, so he obviously isn’t afraid to offend his opponents. Whether or not it will come back to haunt him remains to be seen.

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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.

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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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