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Old 03-31-2019, 06:24 PM   #41
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in LOSS to Heat - Dennis Smith Jr - 18min - 12 points, 4 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 2TO
Previously, in first game back versus Raptors, coming off bench backing up Mudiay:

LOSS: 20 minutes, 7 points on 11 shots (1/4 3s) 1 assist, 2 turnovers, -13.

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Speaking for the first time since a back injury forced him out of six straight games, Dennis Smith Jr. said an MRI uncovered some displaced discs and inflammation but he doesn’t seem concerned about the long-term outlook.

The 21-year-old, who was recouped from Dallas in the trade for Kristaps Porzingis, participated in portions of practice Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game against the Raptors.

His availability is contingent on how his back responds to an uptick in activity.

“I don’t know exactly what happened,” Smith said. “I can’t tell you what happened. I just know it wasn’t right, went and got my MRI’s and the doctors saw it and they decided I should sit for a little while until I’m healthy.

Smith is among only five Knicks players with fully guaranteed contracts next season, so his development – and health – takes some degree of precedence.

Many questions concerning Smith remain unanswered going into the Knicks’ fateful summer of 2019:
  • Can he be counted on as a point guard of the future? (No.)
  • How will his presence shape decisions about point guards in the draft and free agency? (Draft best player possible, PGs step right up.)
  • Can this back issue be dismissed as minor and irrelevant, or is there a concern about recurrence? (Fragile.)
Prior to the injury, Smith averaged 14.6 points and six assists on 41.6 percent shooting during his 17 games with the Knicks , but he’s unsure how or why his back flamed up.

“I don’t know man, I’m just playing man. I’m on the floor and all kind of things happen, so I can’t tell you exactly what it was,” he said. “It might have been an accumulation of things. It happened. It was unfortunate. But I’m working right now to try to get back.”
Update: DNP in WIN v. Bulls
Update: DNP/Injured in LOSS v. Magic

Knicks with 4 games left to play. Smith's maximum Games Played this year will be 55.

Durability is going to be a concern for potential trading partners whenever the Knicks start shopping him. And they will.

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Old 07-30-2019, 05:03 PM   #43
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NYKnicks Put Dennis Smith On a Diet As Ntilikina Dominates FIBA: Fizdale (paraphrased) 'Last season's offense was way dumbed down because Smith was fat and out-of-shape, and couldn't run more complex sets'.
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Far more interesting questions are:


1) when the Mavericks got rid of Luka;

2) when they acquired Zion;
3) when they traded Zion
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Dennis Smith Jr. was the first off the bench but struggled. The 21-year-old, who represents the biggest piece acquired in the trade for Kristaps Porzingis (and therefore very significant to the front office), shot just 1-of-4 in 10 minutes before Fizdale called it quits. When Payton succumbed to foul trouble in the third quarter, Fizdale went to Ntilikina instead. Ntilikina also underwhelmed in his three-minute cameo while committing two turnovers.

Smith hasnít looked well since injuring his back before the first preseason game and said he canít worry about not starting.

ďWith situations like that, my faith is in me. My faith is in the work that I put in. And everything that I do. And I know that everything will work out for me. So Iíve just got to stay dedicated to what I do and keep my vision clear. Iíve got a vision for myself and I canít let anything get in the way of that, or anybody,Ē Smith said. ďLike I said, itís a job, you feel me? And youíve got to play your position. Iíve got a vision for myself and Iíve got my faith in me. My faith isnít in anybody else, itís in me. So I believe if I keep that up, Iíll be where I want to be at.Ē

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Ouch. Smith booed in pre-game intros at MSG.

Even worse, Ntilikina got a massive cheer.

Feel the burn, Bullet, feel the burn.

Update: After Bullet bricks a 3-point attempt in last seconds of Q3, MSG crowd chants "WE WANT FRANK!"

Line through 3 quarters: 11 minutes, 0 points on 0-3 FG, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 assist, 2 TO, -15.

His shot has more hitches now than a U-haul parking lot.

He leaves the court to boos.

I'm almost starting to feel bad for him. Almost.

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OCT 26, 2019 | 10:12 PM

Something is wrong with Dennis Smith Jr.

It was fairly evident in the first two games of the season, and then painfully obvious in Saturday nightís 118-95 loss to the Celtics. The point guard and former ninth overall pick has the symptoms of the dreaded yips.

Boston recognized the issue and left Smith Jr. wide open Saturday. He either passed up the shot or missed, going 0-for-3 on without coming close. His night ended on the end of the bench, a towel draped over his shoulder and a somber look on his face.

Smith Jr. only logged 11 minutes Saturday, but his final 3 1/2 minutes between the third and fourth quarters were pivotal to the end result. The Knicks were up 4 when Smith Jr. was subbed in. They trailed by 8 when he left and never recovered.

Toward the end of Smith Jr.ís time on the floor, a frustrated crowd booed his misses and chanted for Frank Ntilikina, the other point guard who is buried at the end of the rotation. On the season, Smith Jr. is 1-for-11 with three points in three games. His jumper was never a strong point, and he spent the summer working on a new form with assistant coach Keith Smart. Now Smith Jr. canít come close.

Loud "We want Frank" chants at MSG as DSJ struggles
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David Fizdale said heíll allow Smith Jr. play out of the funk. To a point.

ďThatís the battle. Thatís the battle. Youíre trying to stay competitive in the game and at the same time youíre trying to give him enough time to fight his way into rhythm,Ē the coach said. ďBut you know, ultimately I always pick trying to win over that right now. Heíll get there.Ē

The loss, by far their worst of the season, dropped the Knicks to 0-3. Kemba Walker, the Bronx native, dropped 32 points on his hometown team on 11-of-17 shooting. The Knicks were a disaster with 25 turnovers and just 15 assists, so itís wholly unfair to pin this all on Smith Jr.

But as the biggest remaining piece in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, the Knicks have a lot invested in the 21-year-old. The only bright spot was RJ Barrettís first half. The rookie finished with 26 points on 9-of-20 shooting.

ďHeís really talented,Ē Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Barrett. ďI thought he was really good in the draft, I thought he was really good at Duke. Heís had that reputation before he got there. His ability to shoot the ball early on has been impressive. Heís always been able to get downhill and finish. Big strong guard. The way the league is going, he can play 2-through-4. And he finished the game (against Brooklyn on Friday night) at the point. So quite an impressive young guy.Ē

David Fizdale went with the same starting lineup as the night prior in Brooklyn ó with Elfrid Payton at point guard and Mitchell Robinson at center ó and it was a smashing success. After an elaborate introduction of the roster for the home opener, the Knicks jumped out to a 16-4 advantage.

But that lead only held up for about seven minutes. The Celtics immediately responded with a 16-4 run of their own, and the first half turned into a back-and-forth with lead changes and alternating bursts of good basketball.

The game turned for the Celtics for good when Smith Jr. came back in.

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If this continues, much more respect for what the Mavs were able to get out of Smith. Imho this is mainly a confidence thing, but still. Not sure DSJ ever got the feeling that NY the city or the Knicks the franchise ever really wanted him. It's especially weird since they are bad, like really bad. They could give the young guys 30 mins / game, who cares. But they somehow seem to believe that they can actually win games and rather play shitty veterans.

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The biggest losers in all of this are Knicks fans. They get mad that the Knicks drafted Frank over DSJ and now are mad Dennis plays over Frank? What a joke. Karma is a bitch.

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No wonder he only got 5 minutes. His confidence must be completely shot to do something this dumb. It’s like he’s too nervous to think.

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The biggest losers in all of this are Knicks fans. They get mad that the Knicks drafted Frank over DSJ and now are mad Dennis plays over Frank? What a joke. Karma is a bitch.

Dolan is the new Sterling...maybe worse.
Knicks fans and Dolan just deserve each other
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