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Monday, November 4, 2013
J.R. 'just waiting' for suspension to end

By Ohm Youngmisuk

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- J.R. Smith is less than a week away from his suspension ending and making his season debut.

Smith's five-game suspension has two games remaining on it (a home and home against Charlotte) before the guard can play against the Spurs at the Garden on Sunday.

"Just waiting for my time," Smith said after Knicks practice. "I definitely see how much they miss me, but I'm just one person. It's a collective team effort every time we go out there on the court so when I'm out there it's going to be a team, when I'm not, it's going to be a team.

"I just think we're turning the ball over too much," he added. "When we cut our turnovers we're a better team 100 percent."

The Knicks have 53 turnovers so far this season. They are also shooting just 30 percent from behind the 3-point line -- an area where Smith will help.

"We all miss J.R.," said Carmelo Anthony, who has shot 7-for-22 and 1-for-5 from behind the arc in the fourth quarter thus far. "We all know what he brings to our team. We all know the spark he brings to our team. We miss that."

Smith says his knee is feeling good and he's ready for when head coach Mike Woodson calls on him on Sunday.

"It's kind of worked out kind of good," Smith said of the time off. "I've been able to get healthy, been able to get my mechanics down, focus on my knee and getting to 100 percent as much as I can. I'm just trying to look at it in a positive way. I get more time to practice and prepare as opposed to my teammates."