INDIANAPOLIS – J.R. Smith missed the Knicks morning shootaround because of a fever and may not play Saturday night at Indiana.
Coach Mike Woodson says the guard stayed at the team hotel with a fever of about 102 degrees. With the series tied 1-1, Woodson says he'll rely on the team doctors to decide Smith's availability.
Smith averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds during the regular season and won the NBA's Sixth Man Award. But his playoff numbers are down to 14.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, and he's just 7 of 30 from the field and scoring only 25 points in the first two games against Indiana.
The Knicks still plan to use big man Amare Stoudemire, who has missed two months with a right knee injury.