New York Knicks star missed Kings defeat through injury

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New York Knicks shooting guard J. R. Smith was unable to take part in his side's game against the Sacramento Kings last night due to his fractured cheekbone.

Smith was passed fit to face the Kings but was unhappy about the fitting of the protective mask he was supposed to wear in order to prevent further injury.

The New York Knicks went onto lose 106-101 in overtime, which has put even more pressure on the under-fire Mike Woodson.

Smith, who could have been the difference between the Knicks losing and winning, has revealed he is going to have to wear a protective mask for around four to five weeks.

The 28-year-old did reveal that he is expected to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday - despite the issues surrounding his protective mask.

Smith, speaking to the New York Post, said on his injury: “I’m extremely unused to it.

“It’s hot in there. It gets steamy, foggy. I’m so used to regular sweating.

"And there’s a funnel at bottom of the face. It doesn’t hurt. It’s a little uncomfortable. We have to get it more fitted to my face — restructured a little bit.

"Some parts are fine. Some parts are uncomfortable around the nose area. [We’ll] go back to the drawing board [and] get some guys to look at it.

“It’s way too risky to play without it. The consequences is to get hit again in that spot, lose my vision.

"I don’t want that. They don’t want that. I’ll wait it out. Wait one game. First time I’ve missed a game for injury in a while."

The Knicks will be hoping to bounce back against the Grizzlies as they are currently two places off of the play-offs - having won just 20 games out of a possible 42.

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