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J.R. Smith credits golf for playoff resurgence

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J.R. Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on a roll in the NBA Playoffs.

The Cavs defeated the Pacers in seven games, and now the 2016 champions are up 2-0 on the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals. In Game 1, Smith scored 20 points, and on Thursday Smith recorded 15 points.

So what does Smith credit for his resurgence?

“The weather starts getting nice, the grass starts growing,” Smith said. “I get to play golf, I get to take my mind off basketball for a second and just remember why I’m here. Just to have fun and take it back to when I was a little kid just dying to be in this position.”

Smith also said he got some advice from Justin Thomas.

“Justin Thomas told me to hit ’em straight when I’m out there,” Smith said.