Knicks guard J.R. Smith cleared to play

Saturday May 11th, 2013

J.R. Smith Knicks guard J.R. Smith is expected to play in Game 3 against the Pacers. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been cleared to play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Smith had been a game-time decision with a fever. The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece.

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said Smith stayed at the team hotel with a fever of about 102 degrees and would rely on the team doctors to decide if Smith would play.

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