During Saturday’s 115-109 loss to Milwaukee, you could have figured out exactly what was going on in the game just by looking at George Karl‘s face. Isiah Thomas has his patented doo-doo face, which usually comes on when Eddy Curry misses a dunk or forgets to run back and play defense. Karl’s expression should probably be called his “J.R. face,” as it comes on pretty much anytime J.R. Smith is on the floor.
We couldn’t find a picture of Karl from Saturday, but his expression definitely looks something like this.
From today’s Denver Post…
“Coach George Karl has a variety of cringes and scowls, expressed routinely when J.R. Smith is in the game. The trigger-happy Smith has the ability to catch fire, but he also forces shots and prevents the offense from flowing.
“He’s just J.R.,” Karl said. “He can be good for you, and he can be good for the opponent.”
In the past six games, Smith averaged 49.2 percent from 3-point range (31-for-63). But he missed a fourth-quarter layup with Denver leading the Bucks 99-92. Milwaukee cut the lead to 99-96, and while the momentum shifted, Smith was called for a charge — and then a technical foul.
Even after his 43-point effort at Chicago on Friday, Karl was critical of Smith’s shot selection in the fourth quarter, saying Smith was playing in “fantasyland.”