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Cavs' J.R. Smith questionable for Game 3 vs. Pacers with hamstring injury

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 19, 2017

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was listed as questionable for Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse after suffering a left hamstring injury in Game 2 Monday.

Smith wanted to play but was held out of second half of the Cavs' 117-111 victory over the Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena as the Cavs took a 2-0 series lead in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Smith made it through the Cavs' entire practice Wednesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. As the session concluded, he jogged and sprinted on sections of the court and stopped to shoot without showing obvious discomfort.

Smith said he underwent an MRI Tuesday morning.

"Everything came back fine. They’re just saying it’s bruised or whatever. All I can do is treat it at this point," Smith said after practice.

Asked how he felt, Smith said, "I’m all right. We'll see what happens tomorrow. Hopefully nothing flares up or anything."

Smith wants to play in Game 3, but doesn't know if the Cavs' trainers and medical staff agree.

"They haven’t told me that. I don’t want to ask. I figure I’ll find out game time when you all find out. I don’t like sitting out. Sat out enough."

Smith misses 36 games during the regular season with a fractured right thumb and five more with ankle and knee injuries.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was non-committal about Smith's availability for Game 3.

"We’ll see. We’ll see. He went through the whole practice today and just have to see how he feels afterwards," Lue said. "But he says he feels pretty good.”




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