(Cleveland, OH) – Where are your manners J.R.? Smith is in hot water after losing his temper and putting assistant coach Damon Jones on the receiving end of it. The guard reportedly threw a bowl of soup at Jones and it costs him a game. A day after Cleveland identified Smith’s ban as being for conduct detrimental to the team, the cause of the one-game suspension was finally detailed.
The Cavs didn’t practice after Thursday’s loss to the 76ers but Smith was at the team facility getting in some extra shots, and he told a team spokesman he will address the media at Saturday’s shootaround before the Cavs play Denver.
Meanwhile, Smith’s teammate Kevin Love told reporters he’s optimistic of returning from his fractured left hand earlier than expected. The All-Star forward was given a two-month timetable for recovery after he sustained the injury on Jan. 30, but he’s now capable of catching a basketball using a padded glove as well as shoot from within 12 to 15 feet. Tip off against the Nuggets is at 7:30.