When J.R. Smith suffered a one-game suspension against the Celtics after elbowing Jason Terry, his play descended into a free-fall. His jump shot, once feathery, stopped falling last season in the playoffs.
Smith described his struggles that followed the Game 4 ban a case of "pissing the NBA gods off."
But Smith upset more than just the basketball cosmos.
He also pissed off Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who invested so much time and energy in Smith last year only to see Smith find success and then trouble. Smith's latest mishap- a five-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug program last month - prompted Woodson to come down hard on Smith on Wednesday. The third-year coach said he was "disappointed" in Smith and that it was time for him to "grow up" after his latest lapse, tough words for one of his biggest backers.
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