J.R. Smith injured in CBA debut_MW1022-07





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Published on Nov 24, 2011

Denver Nuggets' free agent J.R. Smith got injured in his debut in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league here on Sunday night.

Further medical examination was needed, Zhejiang Chouzhou head coach Ding Wei said.

J.R. Smith, now playing for Zhejiang Chouzhou, used to be a shooting guard and three-pointer elite of Denver Nuggets. He turned to the CBA league as a result of the NBA lock-out.

In the first round of the CBA new season tonight, defending champions Guangdong Hongyuan led by Washington Wizards' free agent Yi Jianlian of China crushed Zhejiang Chouzhou 111-78.

Smith faltered after a quick attack in the fourth quarter and could hardly stand on his feet afterwards. He received simple treatment beside the court.

"Smith's injury hurts very much. He needs to go to the hospital for further examination," Ding Wei said in the post-match press conference.

About 40 minutes after the game, Smith left the stadium in tears, being helped by others.

Smith got 20 points, five rebounds and four assists in his CBA debut.


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