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A lesson learned, then forgotten

Updated: May 28, 2009, 12:23 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | Page 2

Up until the beginning of the NBA Western Conference finals, J.R. Smith had become a different person. It seemed. Not conformed or altered, just refined. As if he were born again for the first time. While everyone was thinking he was saved by the Church of Chauncey, there seemed to be something deeper going on. Like he finally "got it." Whatever "it" might be.

After shooting 3-for-13 in the first two games of the series and 0-for-5 in the first half of Game 3, Smith lifted a 3 in ...

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