GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- J.R. Smith missed his second straight practice Wednesday because the stitches needed to sew up a cut above his right eye were still settling in.
Smith's absence is seen as precautionary.
He needed 11 stitches to patch up a cut above his right eye from a collision with Boston's Avery Bradley on Monday.
Mike Woodson expects to have Smith, the Knicks' sixth man, in uniform on Thursday against the Pacers.
"We had contact today and I didn't want to take a chance of him getting hit and they open back up," Woodson said. "Save it for the game. He will play Thursday."
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SHUMPERT PRACTICES: Iman Shumpert made it through his second full contact practice on Wednesday.
"He's running around and competing again, so that's nice to see," Woodson said.
The Knicks' second-year guard went through 3-on-3 drills and took contact Tuesday for the first time since his May ACL surgery.
There is no timetable for his return.
NO ROSE: Chicago point guard Derrick Rose, who injured his ACL on the same day as Shumpert, started to take some contact in practice on Tuesday but will not be back in time for Friday's Bulls-Knicks game.
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