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JR Smith Says Rest Before Game 3 Helped Cavaliers 'Cuz We Old'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith in action during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 132-130. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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Guard JR Smith said Saturday that having three days off between Game 2 and Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals was beneficial to the veteran-laden Cleveland Cavaliers.

As seen in the following video courtesy of NBA TV, Smith said the time off helped a lot "cuz we old."

NBA TV @NBATV

Media: "How much did the three days off help?" @TheRealJRSmith: "It helped us a lot 'cause we old." 😂 https://t.co/YwqyLNC8bI

After falling behind 2-0 in the series, the Cavs undoubtedly had more pep in their step en route to a 116-86 win in Game 3.

Smith failed to score in Game 2, but the 32-year-old bounced back Saturday with 11 points.

Four of the Cavaliers' starters in Game 3 are 29 or older, while only Al Horford is part of that group for the upstart Celtics.

Although the Cavs will only have one day of rest before getting back on the court for Game 4 on Monday, they now have momentum firmly on their side.   

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