Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith says he believes he has a “good shot” to play in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.
Smith said after Wednesday’s practice that he hasn’t had any setbacks and will play, but that the Cavaliers should be cautious about the possibility of getting hurt during a game.
“I know we have a good shot.
It’s all about the process, and that’s what we have to do, and if we play well enough to get it done, I’m going to be 100 percent,” Smith said, via the Akron Beacon Journal.
“It’s a big game, and we’ll just have to see.”
Smith has not played in the postseason since the 2014 NBA Finals, when the Cavs defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games to reach the NBA Finals.
Smith said he hopes to play for a championship and win another ring, but he also believes he is not the same player he was when he won the NBA title in 2015.
Smith’s play hasn’t been the same since winning his second title in four seasons, when he averaged 25.4 points and 11.6 rebounds in 2016-17.
Smith averaged 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 19 games in the 2016 NBA Finals after missing the first six games of the season with a left shoulder injury.