Cavs suspended J.R. Smith because he threw soup at a coach, source says

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith (5) drives past Houston Rockets' Luc Mbah a Moute (12), from Cameroon, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith was suspended one game by the team for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.

The soup tossing happened after the team’s morning shootaround, and Smith sat out Thursday night’s loss against Philadelphia, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details.

Smith, who had a history of fines and other issues before coming to Cleveland in 2014, is expected to practice Friday and play Saturday when the Cavs host the Denver Nuggets.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue did not provide any specifics about Smith’s one-game ba on Thursday. first reported the reason for his suspension.

In 56 games, Smith is averaging 8.3 points and shooting 39 percent. Rodney Hood started against the Sixers in place of Smith, who has played a key role in the Cavs making the NBA Finals the past three seasons.

Smith may have arrived in Cleveland with a checkered past, but he’s mostly been a good citizen and has endeared himself to Cleveland fans with his hustle and knack for knocking down big shots.

Jones previously played for the Cavs and is in his second season as an assistant on coach Lue’s staff. Jones played in the NBA for 11 seasons for 10 teams.

Before Thursday’s clash with Smith, the talkative Jones engaged in a lively shooting contest with point guard George Hill. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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