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Nuggets coach George Karl on J.R. Smith: ‘I hope he's ready to play on Saturday...'

BY BENJAMIN HOCHMAN The Denver Post Published: April 21, 2011
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The reality is — only the Spurs and Bulls had better home records than the Nuggets, who host the next two first-round games — and will finally have every player available.


But the reality is — after losing the first two games at Oklahoma City, the Nuggets “didn't have a pulse” in Thursday's team meeting, according to J.R. Smith, the mercurial guard who admitted there is “a strong possibility” he will sign with a new team this summer.

The talented reserve guard, who coach George Karl routinely calls a “good-bad player,” was pretty much just bad in Game 2, shooting 1-for-6 in about seven minutes, while logging a minus-17 in plus-minus rating.

This after nine points and a minus-11 in Game 1.

Karl was told Thursday that Smith felt if he isn't clicking on the court right away, he feels the coach won't give him a second chance.

“He gives us minus-17 in six minutes. Those guys shouldn't get second chances,” Karl said in response. “I'm not saying it was all his fault, I'm just saying — when that happens, I got to make a change. ...

“I hope he's ready to play on Saturday (in Game 3) and will be in a situation to bounce back.”

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