Navigating the challenges of a daughter born five months premature has given Cavs guard JR Smith added perspective on ups and downs, on court and off. - From ESPN.com
As the Cleveland Cavaliers guard shared intimate details about the crisis his family has been steeping in the past three months, Smith picked up a reporter’s smartphone that was sitting on a stand in front of him, recording his news conference, to illustrate a point.
While he is buoyed by Cleveland’s 2-0 series lead over the Indiana Pacers in the first round, his contributions -- six points in Game 1 and just three points in Game 2 before leaving at halftime with a hamstring pull -- have been meager.
As he recovered from surgery that caused him to miss 2½ months of the season, he stayed behind in Cleveland, missing out on road trips with the team.
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1 for any and everybody before any occupation.” When asked if the Cavaliers ever discussed the possibility of a healthy Smith missing games to tend to Dakota, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said, “That was a serious situation, and if JR needed to take time to be with his family, then that would’ve been understandable by me and I’m pretty sure the players and the organization.