By Chris Mannix
January 10, 2014
J.R. Smith (right) is used to coming off the bench, but Mike Woodson never called his name against the Heat.
Bill Kostroun/AP

In the woebegone Eastern Conference, the Knicks are, remarkably, still very much in the thick of it. A strong second half could push New York into one of the top-five seeds, into a position where they could win a first round series. They need J.R. Smith to do it, and they need him playing his best.

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