TORONTO — Things have seemingly gone from bad to worse for J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On top of some much-discussed shooting struggles over the past several games, Smith was forced to exit the court in the first quarter of Monday’s game against the Toronto Raptors because of what the team described as a left knee injury.
Smith played 10 minutes and scored two points (1-of-2 shooting) before suffering the injury late in the opening quarter at Air Canada Centre.
After falling to the ground, Smith spent several minutes in pain with teammates and the training staff members huddled around him.
Smith eventually got up and limped to the locker room under his own power, but soon after team officials revealed he would not return to action for at least the remainder of the game.
X-ray results on J.R. Smith’s left knee came back negative. Smith will return to Cleveland for further tests at the Cleveland Clinic.