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Knicks guard J.R. Smith: Defense 'not my area of expertise'

J.R. Smith said Saturday that there is still swelling in his left knee. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images) Knicks guard J.R. Smith is averaging 11.9 points and 2.9 assists per game this season.. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been criticized for years about his defense, or lack thereof.

His teammates haven't been much better as of late, giving up more than 100 points in each of the last five games, all of which the Knicks have lost. New York currently holds a 15-27 record.

Smith had no answers when asked what he thought about coach Mike Woodson’s system on defense.

“That’s really not my area of expertise. I’m more of a scoring-type player. I’ll leave that to those guys. Whatever they want to do, it’s OK with me. Just let me know," Smith said via the New York Post.

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Smith says the team is trying everything to turn it around on the defensive end.

"Right now we’re pretty much open to anything new,’’ Smith said. “The old stuff isn’t really getting it done. But at the end of the day, it’s going to come from the players. I don’t think it’s coach’s fault or the scheme’s fault. If you play hard and play smart it’s tough to lose games."

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