Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  59 responses

Did J.R. Smith Show Up the Kings?

by Marcel Mutoni

Smith torched the woeful Sacramento Kings last night, setting a new club record by dropping in 11 three-pointers, on his way to 45 points.

Though J.R. was predictably all smiles following the game, members of the losing team were more than a little steamed. None more so than the ever-proud Bobby Jackson.

More from the Denver Post:

“That’s not being professional,” Kings guard Bobby Jackson said. “At the end of a game, if a guy’s hot, you’re already up by 20, sub him out. Get somebody else in there. You just can’t do things like that. This league is not about that. It’s like they wanted to embarrass us and put on a show. You’ve got to be respectable. You’ve got to respect this game. That’s not respecting the game.”

Tuesday, after a Smith 3-pointer gave Denver a 100-83 advantage with 6:55 left in the fourth, he tried seven more 3-point attempts. He made three, missed two and was fouled on the other two, making all six free throws. One came with 32.9 seconds left and the Nuggets up by 20.

“He played well tonight,” Jackson said. “Why let him continue to do that? If we were a dirty team, we could have taken him out of the game, and going into the playoffs, what are you going to have? Most teams aren’t going to let you do that to them. At the end of the day, he’s going to shoot the ball every time he gets it. I think it’s upon the coach to take him out the game. He’s already at 30 points. There was no way we were going to come back.”

There’s no doubt that Smith was gunning for the team record, something he probably should’ve given a rest with his team already up by 20 with under a minute remaining.

With the postseason a few days away, the Nuggets should be thankful that nothing erupted between the two teams as a result of Smith’s onslaught.

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  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    no mercy! wasn’t this the same kind of situation that led to melo and his b!tch move against the knicks a few years back?

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  • thesubwayconnection

    Of course, Jackson’s right. Shooting threes while up 20+ and under 3 or 4 mins remaining isn’t very classy.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    the funny thing is he didn’t know what the nba record was. he dribbled out the clock instead of gunning for #12, which would’ve put him in a tie with Kobe Bryant and the great Donyell Marshall

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    i think he was he even quoted as saying that had he known that, he would’ve tried for it

  • Tuomas

    Well cry me a motherf*cking river. If you’re so ticked off about someone possibly showing you up, don’t get blown out. Same goes with Ray Ray. There’s no clear blueprint to what’s professional and what’s not. And if there was, this shouldn’t be in it. You can damn sure do these types of things if you please. Smart? Maybe not, but I understand it was pretty far from, say, missing a shot intentionally to get your tenth rebound.

  • Tuomas

    Whoa, didn’t remember Ricky Davis did it on his OWN end of the floor. Now THAT’S unprofessional for you. Watch the clip. And Jerry Sloan’s face.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    This is pro sports. If you don’t want him to light you up for 20+ in the 4th quarter then do something about it. It’s kinda like people were mad a couple of years ago that the Pats were putting up 50+ on the board. If you don’t like it, stop them from doing so.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Players do this all the time. I don’t get the problem either.. If the coach leaves you in then you have the green light to go for that record as long as you don’t jeopardize the W

  • Torrance

    Bobby, Bobby… As if your Queens are respecting the game. 16-65.

  • Jake

    Does anyone know if there has ever been Co-MVP’s before?That would be interesting to see..Also If Bobby Jackson wants someone to “play the game respectfully” maybe he should try playing for a team that doesn’t let other teams blow them to the dickens every night

  • http://www.edgewaterhotelgatlinburg.net EdgeWaterHoteGatlinBurg

    Good, thanks for the information.

  • Ken

    Are you suggesting Bobby Jackson and JRS1 for co-MVP?

  • a_whiteman

    Would it have been a problem if kevin martin was doing it? Probably not, so take your loss like a man. Its not like you did anything to stop him to begin with

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Fill his car up with popcorn Bobby, that’ll show him.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    ppl hate on this kid tooo much

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    they could have always played better defense instead of looking for the opposing coach to bail them out.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I’m guessing JR isn’t on Bobby fantasy team.(He’s on mine though!) But seriously, I was kinda thinking the same thing. I was a little surprised GK left JR in the game for this exact reason. Its not JR’s fault though, he literally could not help himself, its really the only thing he knows how to do.

  • http://slamonline.com Walt Williams

    Was I the only one who noticed that Ike Diogu was completely unstoppable last night?He had been playing well for the last few games but he just torched Nene and co.I knew he was a banger but he was hiting contested jumpers from 20 feet out over and over again,on purpose.

  • neaorin

    Way too many folks getting easily offended these days. Must be a Generation X / Generation Y thing. And yes I am part of the former.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Bobby Jackson is like 35, nearoin.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    …and I don’t think these comments had anything to do with being more or less offended. Back in the day someone probably woulda just put a big ol elbow in JRs grill to send the message, rather than talk to the press about it after the game.

  • neaorin

    I believe Gen X includes people born in the 70s, although I could be wrong.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Yeah, that would make Bobby Jackson, the person who seemed offended by JR’s piling on, a Gen X-er. I just think it has more to do with the prevelance of media nowadays, this isht woulda pissed somebody off in any era, we just wouldn’t have quotes.


    Please trade that man so he can start and kill it!!! They gave away Camby do the same for him. FREE J.R.!!!

  • NAS

    you respect the game by playing D and not getting your ass handed to you B JAX – JR & the nuggets played ball for 48 minutes which CANT be said of the kings so if anyone should be ashamed it should be the kings

  • Krishan

    Reach in for the ball. Close out faster. Don’t leave him open. Put a hand in his g*dd*mned face. He embarrassed you? By shooting a three? When they were up 20 pts in the 4th quarter? What would be the epitome of class then, in that situation? Dribbling the ball out for like 11 consecutive shot-clock violations? I don’t get whole dissing-while-being-blown-out bullsh*t, it’s so f*ckin nonsensical. When you get your a$$ handed to you in a competitive sport, it’s supposed to taste like a sh!t-taco. It’s supposed to be embarrassing, BECAUSE YOU LOST BY 20 POINTS. And this crap about purposely injuring him out of game, “if you were a dirty team” because he’s lighting you up? That’s like seven shades of mind-blowing-wrong man.

  • albertBarr

    Although the Kings play sh!t D, have the worst team in ball and may be “disrespecting” the game for doing so, Action Jackson’s point was that if the Kings had LESS class than they do, they would have just taken JR out physically as ciolkstar said above. May not be JR’s fault or his responsibility but declasse it definitely was.

  • albertBarr

    15 years ago JR totally would have been body checked out of the game by a bruiser type

  • albertBarr

    Even Kobe will check out of a record setting potential game if it is a blowout (62 against the mavs through 3, sat out the rest cause it was a blowout)

  • Tuomas

    Tell it like it is Krishan, tell it like it is.

  • Krishan

    What denver did was not against the rules. There is no rulebook on how to win, and how to win properly. But taking out a guy because he’s hot? That’s not only absurd, it’s freakin evil. And in this case, if I were a kings fan, I wouldn’t care if denver was shooting halfcourt shots while back-flipping, it wouldn’t change the fact that sac got blown out. And that’s where you draw the line: in a game where you shoot hoops through a basket, it doesn’t matter how the other team did it, what matters is that they got more than you did. For example, when LA got destroyed last finals by the Cs, I didn’t give two sh!ts that they were celebrating and pouring gatorade all over the place with 5 minutes left in the game, my morale was already crushed by the fact that they trashed LA by 40 freakin points.

  • Young Chris MP3

    I’ve been saying for years that JR Smith is Ricky Davis 3000

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    When NBA teams get blown out and the opposing team dunks all over them in the 4th, they b!tch. When they shoot 3′s in the 4th (and hit them), they b!tch. What do you want them to do when they’re up 20-30? Shoot half court shots and hit them? Or should they dribble out the clock on each possession and turn the ball over? Or maybe yet let Chris Andersen shoot 3s?

  • Tuomas

    Krishan, if that was somehow aimed at me, I’d like to point out that I more or less completely agreed with you. As you can see from my comments above yours.

  • Krishan

    Tuomas, no that wasn’t aimed at you. LOL, it was a continuation of my diatribe, once I flushed out most of the cuss words from my first comment. Apologies.

  • Tuomas

    No need for apologies, a fine rant it was.

  • http://nba.com tealish

    @Albertbar: In Kobe’s case, you have Phil freaking Jackson running the show. In JR’s corner, you have….. George Karl. There you are.

  • clapzilla

    Its Called Payback. The Past 2 Times The Kings Have Beaten The Nuggets, Fransisco Garcia And Kevin Martin Were Totally Showing Up The Nuggets. Garcia Is One of The Most Shameless Players In The League. I’m Glad JR Kept Jackin’ It Up.

  • AYO

    This would be the same as kicking a man in the face when he’s already down on the ground and defenseless. Now that’s just plain ol’ dirty!! Any pro athelete should already know this. That’s why its called professionalism.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Why Do You Capitalize The First Letter Of Every Word, Clapzilla?
    But if you’re right about the Kings ahowing up the Nuggs in past losses, then that would probably explain GK leaving JR in the game to keep jacking em up. I’m a huge Cisco fan though, I’ll always root for that guy.

  • http://neworleansbasketball.blogspot.com Caleb

    Clapzilla is right though… if Bobby is worried about class he ought to talk to Francisco Garcia. Dude’s a total dork when he makes threes.

  • albertBarr

    It also probably has to do with GK wanting JR to go into the playoffs with HIGH confidence. The dude plays only as good as he is feeling about himself…probably feelin’ pretty good right now. He is their “X” factor and they need him playing like that every series if they want to make the WCF. Still…

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    kinda off topic, kinda, but do you guys think that Von Wafer tries to hard to be JR?

  • SK

    It’s stuff/signs like this from J.R. Smith that makes me think if/when a playoff game gets heated, the Nuggets might just lose it. I can see Smith, KMart, Nene and even Carmelo losing their heads.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    he should’ve gone for 13, the record

  • aotearaw

    What Krishan said…

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    What are you talking about SK? What did JR do wrong here? I’ll tell you what I can picture: JR going ballistic, and NOBOBODY can do anything to stop it, so Kobe will try to match him shot for shot and forget about the rest of his team (which is when the Lakeshow is at their worst) If the Nuggs could upset the Lakers on the strength of JR in psycho mode, would probably be one of my all time favorite playoff occurances. Man, I want that to happen so bad.
    I also think AlbertBarr has a good point about Karl wanting JR to be feeling good heading into the playoffs.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    @ young Chris: thats disrespectful. Jr is a million times more talented and i gunna have an unbelievable carreer. simular attitudes but one is clearly superior

  • http://www.nba.com iLL wiLL

    JR catching more unnecessary hate.

  • Monsta

    why is it considered to be “not classy” if a guy wants to continue playing his best, regardless of the score? If the kings cant stop him, thats their own fault. but come on, dont be sore losers

  • http://karanmadhok.blogspot.com karan

    i disagree with what bobby jackson said, i don’t feel like there is anything wrong with teams keeping their best/hot players in the game until the game finishes. This is a professional game, so how is it professional to stop playing “hard” just because you’re winning big. i think its the losing team’s responsibility to earn some respect for themselves by playing hard too. Kings should’ve figured out how to stop him instead of complaining about him staying in.

  • Tommy Vercetti

    I don’t think J.R. did anything wrong. If the kid is hot and he wants to keep shooting let him shoot. It’s not his fault the Kings suck and can’t stop his hot hand. Show no mercy on the court. I can bet if it was a more popular or beloved player we wouldn’t have even heard any complaints.

  • lakers4life

    too much killer instinct

  • http://www.for-sports-sake.blogspot.com/ Faz

    When a record breaking performance is possible, nothing else should matter. I think its cool they kept giving him more opportunities. It was his time to shine and his team were cool to let the kid do his thing! Bobby needs to stop being a sore loser. He probably hasn’t had a beating like that since he lived at home with parents.

  • Tuomas

    Umm, Ciol, one question: you really think a lesser “star” trying to go one on one against Kobe takes away from the Lakers’ team concept – and not the other way around? And consistently, no less?

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  • Danny W

    I’m a huge Kings fan, and have been for many years. Had I been sat at the Arco Arena this season the only highlights you’re gonna get is from an opposing team. If JR Smith sets a team record, I’d have been glad to have seen it. If you want a disrespectful way of treating the game, just look at how Reggie Theus was treated, I know the record was awful, but if you had Phil Jackson, with Jerry Sloan as his assistant they’d still have sucked.

  • nastierthanyou

    Gunners Gun