J.R. Smith chooses to sit out due to his uncomfortable mask
When the game approached and it seemed to Smith that he could not play comfortably with the mask on, he made the decision that the mask didn’t seem to fit well, he didn’t adjust into it and playing a game with an injury and a mask that seems uncomfortable was something that he didn’t want to do.
"I'm not gonna play tonight," Smith said. "I'll wait it out and hopefully it heals more within the next week and I get more comfortable wearing it."
Smith became the Knicks players during the 2011-12 season and since then this is the first game that he will not be playing for the. The injury he had which made him sit out this game was against Oklahoma City Thunder and he sustained a minor fracture in the left cheekbone which required a face protection mask so he could play. The injury will take about four or five weeks to heal and during all that time he will not be playing a single game without it.
Smith said it wasn’t the best idea to go on court without protection to the injury and he was looking forward to remaining out of serious injuries such as impaired vision, so he had to be careful.
"Yeah, it's way too risky to play without it," Smith said. "For the consequences to get hit again in that spot, I can lose my vision and I don't want that and nobody else would want that. So I'll just wait it out, wait one game."