New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith will wear a mask against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday after fracturing his cheekbone, according to CBS Sports.
The 28-year-old suffered the injury after hitting his face on Kevin Durant’s knee - and has subsequently been fitted with a mask for the next few games.
Smith has enjoyed a decent February, averaging 17.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting and 43.8 from 3; however, watching him adjust to playing in his new mask will be interesting - it may be a case of easier said than done.
But after winning just one of their last five fixtures, the Knicks need Smith - who is averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 40 games this season - to be on top of his game against the Kings.
He could still be wearing the mask by the time the Knicks face the Memphis Grizzlies next week, followed by fixtures against the New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks.