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Knicks guard J.R. Smith has surgery on left knee

The New York Knicks announced on Monday, their  shooting guard J.R. Smith underwent surgery to repair his damaged patella tendon and a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to recover fully in 12-16 weeks, which could put his status for the start of next season in jeopardy. Smith is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year

Knicks officials said Smith's knee injury was "chronic and gradually worsened." Smith first started having knee problems in early March, but after a productive April the injury again affected his performance in the playoffs. Smith's statistics dropped across the board in the postseason as Knicks was eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in the second round. He averaged 14.3 points on 33 percent shooting in 11 playoff games.

Smith and the Knicks reached a new four-year deal earlier this month. 


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