Twice this December J.R. Smith tossed up his first and second game-winning shot! What are the odds?
Someone reminded me that the great teams just find a way of winning. It’s not always pretty but effective. Earlier this month, on December 5th, Smith also launched the game-winner over the Bobacts’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the Knicks 100-98 win.
The 21 foot buzzer-beater on Wednesday night in Phoenix was even more spectacular, and clutch, given that the Knicks were playing without Carmelo Anthony (hyper-extended knee) and Raymond Felton (fractured pinky on his shooting hand).
Mike Woodson has been singing the praises of J.R. since before the season even got underway. He rides him more than any other player on the team and has said he could have the best season of his career. And coincidentally his 15.7 points per game is the highest of his career. He’s also averaging 5 rebounds, 1.5 three-pointers, and 1.3 steals per game. Is there a better Sixth Man of the Year candidate than Mr. December?