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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Opening Tip: Should J.R. be fined?

By Ian Begley

J.R. Smith was at it again on Monday night, tugging at Vince Carter’s headband in the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ loss to the Mavericks.

Carter seemed to smile after the incident, which appeared to be good-natured. But the NBA may not have the same reaction.

Smith, you may remember, was fined $50,000 by the league in early January for attempting to untie two of his opponents' shoelaces. He was later benched for one game by Knicks coach Mike Woodson for his shoelace antics.

After Monday’s game -- a 110-108 Dallas win -- Smith denied that he tugged on Carter's headband.

"No, your eyes were playing tricks on you," he said with a laugh, repeating the refrain a questioner used. "You're reaching for that one. I [already] got fined once for that [s---]."

If the NBA fines Smith, do you think it will be an overreaction? It didn’t seem like a malicious act, but given the context, the NBA may feel that it needs to take action.

Up now: After another dispiriting home loss, Mike Woodson said it’s a “damn shame” that the Knicks have performed poorly amid a great season by Carmelo Anthony.

Metta World Peace said in a phone interview with ESPNNewYork.com that he didn’t think he was given a fair chance with the Knicks.

The Knicks lost for the ninth time in 11 games thanks to a buzzer-beater from Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki.

What’s next: The Knicks will take the day off Tuesday to prepare for Thursday’s game at Miami.

Question: Do you think J.R. Smith should be fined or would that be an overreaction?

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