On Tuesday night, J.R. Smith(notes) was benched for the entirety of the Nuggets' game against the Raptors after arriving late to shootaround. It was a low point for the erratic guard, and he tweeted his anger in the wake of the benching.
Then he came out for Wednesday night's game against the Pistons and had the best dunk of any player on the night. It was a classic Smith moment, a sequence of dominance at a time when he seemed to be at his childish worst. It's a massive understatement to call Smith inconsistent -- instead, he vacillates wildly between two poles of basketball usefulness with startling regularity.
The dunk here is pretty stellar. Smith gets the feed from Ty Lawson(notes) -- who drew three defenders -- and rises up at an odd angle. He realizes this quickly, and adjusts his arm to jam it in while seemingly as uncomfortable as you can be in mid-air. No matter, though, because when J.R. is at his best he's able to change direction on the fly and generally do things you seeRead More »from Video: J.R. Smith gets up for the slam after a downer