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Tyronn Lue: J.R. Smith was sick and ‘wasn’t supposed to play’ in Game 3

J. R. Smith

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith didn’t do much statistically during Saturday’s Game 3 win over the Toronto Raptors. As it turned out, Smith was under the weather.

On Sunday, coach Tyronn Lue spoke of Smith’s outing. He noted that Smith was not only sick, but that he shouldn’t have even played.

”He missed shootaround, well, he came into shootaround he was sick yesterday and he wasn’t supposed to play,” Lue said, via Colton Jones of Amico Hoops. “But he came in and gave us his best effort, which is big.”

Lue started for Cleveland. He was 0-for-2 from the field, scored no points, grabbed only one rebound, and dished out an assist, though he was solid on the defensive side.

The Cavs overcame Smith’s struggles. Cleveland won Game 3 105-103 on a LeBron James buzzer beater and now holds a commanding 3-0 series lead over Toronto.