By Rafael Bandayrel
The defending Eastern conference champions face more problems as one of their scorers missed action due to suspension.
Shooting guard JR Smith was absent at Thursday night’s (Friday morning, Manila time) loss, 97-108, against the Philadelphia 76ers following the team’s decision to suspend him for a game.
The team announced yesterday that the three-and-d guard will be suspended because of “detrimental conduct.”
Smith was at shootaround Thursday, according to ESPN. Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said “something happened after shootaround” which prompted the team to dish out the punishment.
Smith is a veteran when it comes to suspensions. As a member of the Denver Nugets, Smith served a 10-game ban for his role in a brawl in 2006. He then was suspended the following year for a nightclub incident.
In 2013, Smith missed four games after throwing an elbow at Jason Terry. He was also suspended in 2013-14 for being busted with Marijuana and in 2015 for unnecessary in-game action.
In his absence, Rodney Hood – who finished with 11 points, five assists, and five boards – made his first start for the Cavs in their losing performance against the process-trusting Sixers.