Player Grade: D
J.R. Smith logged 17 points and six rebounds Sunday against LA, but don't let the box score trick you into thinking the Knicks' sixth man played good basketball.
Smith shot a miserable 4-of-20 from the field and was wildly out of control throughout the afternoon. His most embarrassing stretch was a sequence in the second half where he shook off Matt Barnes with a pump fake. Smith presumed he was in the clear, and proceeded to launch a three-point attempt with Barnes behind him, but the Clippers tattoo-equivalent of Smith recovered to easily swat the attempt.
Smith was stuck with the responsibility of guarding Chris Paul occasionally through the game and was on the losing end more often than not.
Without Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, J.R. is the Knicks' primary scoring threat. A 20-percent shooting night isn't acceptable given the circumstances, and that's exactly what Bad J.R. gave the Knicks Sunday.
Rest of the Bench: C+
The other Knicks reserves weren't very effective either, but failed less hideously than Smith did.
Jason Kidd ran into a bit of shooting luck in the second half, knocking down three-pointers on three consecutive attempts. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Marcus Camby was needed down low thanks to the team's health woes, and the 38-year-old didn't bring much to the table. He failed to get a field goal to drop and finished with one point, four boards and no blocks in 22 minutes.
Steve Novak managed to get three treys to fall, including some from well beyond the arc. He was the only Knick to log a positive plus-minus, at plus-nine.
Pablo Prigioni didn't log a minute until the second half, as he continues to curiously fall out of Mike Woodson's rotation. He finished with 12 minutes total and functioned well with Jason Kidd in the backcourt. He scored two points and dished out an assist.