The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without forward J.R. Smith against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. Just two hours before game-time, the team announced Smith was suspended for one game for detrimental conduct.
The team didn’t get into specifics as to what prompted the suspension, but coach Tyronn Lue said something happened with Smith after the team’s shootaround that caused them to make the move.
Tyronn Lue said “something happened after shootaround” today that led to JR Smith’s one-game suspension. Lue said Smith will be back at practice Friday and be back in the starting lineup on Saturday. Rodney Hood will start tonight.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 1, 2018
The 32-year-old Smith is averaging 8.3 points in 59 games this season.
Given the sudden nature of the team’s decision, there will likely be more coming on the suspension soon.
This post will be updated.
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