J.R. Smith could return to the court Thursday for the first time since suffering a fractured right thumb on Dec. 20. Sitting out for 10 weeks is difficult, and it won’t be easy for Smith to regain his rhythm as Cleveland gears up for a title defense.
Which is why this reminds him of the time some rival of the Cavaliers blew some insurmountable lead in the NBA Finals. Via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:
“It will be difficult,” Smith said, “but being down 3-1 [in the NBA Finals] is difficult.”
That’s the best part about the Cavaliers’ comeback last year. No matter the adverse situation they face, they can always downplay it by making fun of the Warriors. What a luxury that is.
It seems like a formality that the Chicago Bears will cut Cutler, who is finally at the part of his contract where the dead money won’t outweigh the cap savings. Cutler will turn 34 in April, and in addition to his usual turnover problems, he’s had trouble staying healthy, playing just five games last year. Cutler hasn’t put together a full 16-game season since 2009, his first year in Chicago.
At this point in his career, Cutler is more of a liability than an asset, but he still has enough name recognition that some team will probably take a chance on him. He’s been linked to the New York Jets, who just hired Cutler’s former QB coach, Jeremy Bates. However, that seems like a longshot. The team is also trying to find a trade partner to no avail. Regardless, Cutler will be an option for teams that think they can win now if they find the right veteran QB.