J.R. Smith has been something of a revelation since becoming a Cleveland Cavalier earlier this month. In 11 games with the Cavaliers, Smith has averaged 14.3 points per game while shooting 37.4 percent on 3-pointers. His overall 39.9 percent field goal percentage isn't pretty, but nonetheless, he's been an impactful player in Cleveland.
In an interview with NBA.com's David Aldridge, Smith explained why he's doing better and says it's in large part that there's no going out in Cleveland. Here's the Q & A:
Being more consistent. Consistency has been something that...I wouldn't say lacked, but it's just been stints where I get hot, and then you go cold for two, three games, whatever the case may be. Just staying consistent, and that involves staying in the gym. So for me, I got my brother here with me, so we're in the gym every night, playing one-on-one, or whatever the case may be, as well as me getting my rest. I think this is the best situation for me, 'cause there's nothing but basketball. There's nothing you expect but basketball. There's nothing, there's no going out, there's no late nights. There's video games, basketball and basketball. So it's a great thing, 'cause I go back to where I came from. When I grew up, I never, I wasn't allowed to go out. I missed my prom because I went to an AAU tournament, and all that stuff. For me, it was basketball, basketball, basketball. And then when I got in the situation where I was at an early age, it was more, alright, let me see what this life is about, as opposed to just keep going. So now, I get the chance to get back to my roots.
In lieu of going out, Smith has been practicing late into the night and watching the State of the Union with his brother Chris in the cold tub. You can read the full Q & A here. Smith and Cavaliers next play tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Cleveland.