JR Smith's soup suspension sends Twitter into a frenzy

Mar 03, 2018, 00:36
JR Smith's soup suspension sends Twitter into a frenzy

Before Thursday's game, Lue said Smith will return to the starting lineup following his suspension.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith is many things, but a Soup Nazi he is not. A person familiar with the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers suspended guard J.R. Smith for one game after he threw a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones. We're sure Smith, his teammates and Tyronn Lue will be asked about the incident sometime after today's shoot around but in the meantime #NBATwitter is having a field day with the information that has been revealed thus far. Where did Smith even get soup at shootaround on Thursday? "He'll be ready for tomorrow and be ready to go on Saturday (against Denver)".

The suspension will cost Smith $94,897, according to ESPN, and because the punishment was doled out by the team, the Cavaliers will not benefit from any related luxury-tax relief.

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Smith is averaging 8.3 points and 1.9 assists in 59 games (56 starts) this season. Wade was traded to Miami at the deadline, and the move seemed to invigorate Smith.

Rodney Hood started in place of Smith, who has struggled in his fourth season with the Cavs.

Jones returned back to Cleveland in 2014 and started as an assistant coach for the Cavs G League counterpart, Canton Charge, and worked his way up to his current position in the National Basketball Association.