Mike Woodson Says J.R. Smith Is 'more Alert' as Knicks Prepare for Game 6

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Mike Woodson Says J.R. Smith Is 'more Alert' as Knicks Prepare for Game 6
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Mike Woodson has always publicly supported J.R. Smith in the face of the shooting guard's struggles on and off the court. But Woodson offered Smith what seemed like a back-handed compliment during a conference call Friday when he credited Smith with being “more alert” and “really ready to play” after Smith scored 13 points with 6 rebounds and 3 steals in Game 5 — as if professional athletes are normally singled out for paying attention.

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