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Sometimes, you hit the tuning fork just so and it gives the folks an idea of just how good you can be. Just ask J.R. Smith, who, after three games of playing like a turnover waiting to happen, showed just how good of a player he can be when he plays within himself, exercising his substantial talent within the confines of the what’s best for the team. Hitting shots didn’t hurt either.

Being an emotional player, Smith like to celebrate his accomplishments and that some times gets him into trouble with either a poorly-timed technical foul or by reacting in a way that lends itself to perpetuating negative stereotypes. Hell, even some folks in the mainstream media are trying to use Smith’s curse-filled chest-pounding as motivation for the Lakers — someone like Bill Plaschke — who, in his attempt to caricaturize Smith gives a little insight into his “no apologies” approach to basketball:

When searching for energy and health in Game 5 at Staples Center on Wednesday, the Lakers need to remember that play, as well as the Smith showboating.

“I would be upset if someone was out there tearing up and showboating,” said Smith.

“At the same time, that’s how the Denver Nuggets play.”

Obviously, Smith antics aren’t sitting well for the folks at the LA Times, but I don’t think he nor the Denver Nuggets care one bit. I am curious, however, if Smith would have any response to Robert Littal’s insightful post?