INDIANAPOLIS -- If you're looking for someone to blame for the New York Knicks' 3-1 series deficit to the Indiana Pacers, J.R. Smith has a suggestion for you: start with him.
"I take the blame for this whole series," Smith said after shooting 7-for-22 in the Knicks' Game 4 loss. "It started off with Game 4 in Boston or Game 5. I haven't been playing myself. I haven't been playing my part. I've been letting my teammates down. I've been letting my coaches down."
Smith has struggled all series against the Pacers.
He is 18-for-64 in the series (28 percent).
"I have to play more efficient," Smith said. "... It's unacceptable."
Smith has played through an illness that resulted in a 102-degree fever on Saturday. But he did not use that as an excuse for his poor play.
"I don't make excuses," he said. "I got to be able to step up and do what I do."
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