J.R. ended up returning to the game with a sad-looking face, but he wasn't actually in one piece:
JR Smith suffered a small fracture in his left cheekbone on Sunday afternoon at the 7:25 mark in the fourth quarter at Oklahoma City.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 11, 2014
JR Smith is being fitted for a protective face-mask and is expected to play on Wednesday versus @SacramentoKings— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) February 11, 2014
I see only two possibilities here:
1. Masked J.R. is the best player in the NBA. He never misses a shot ever.
2. J.R. misses his first couple shots, then rips the mask off and never wears it again.
The other important question is what the mask will look like. The standard clear thing? Something in a solid color? This janky-looking Nando de Colo joint? Lucha libre mask? Dead Presidents? Just a bunch of headbands? OR...
Do it, Dr. Hinds.