Cavaliers guard JR Smith earned his one-game suspension from the team Thursday by throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones, multiple sources with knowledge of the incident told ESPN.
Jones, a former Cavs player, has been back with the organization since 2014. He worked his way up from an assistant coach with the Canton Charge — the Cavs’ G League affiliate — to Cleveland, where he is a trusted voice for head coach Tyronn Lue.
Smith will return to practice Friday, according to Lue, and resume his role as the starting shooting guard when the Cavs host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
And here I thought J.R. would never rack up another punishment that would, for sheer lunacy, rival the one that came attached to his inability to stop untying dudes’ shoes.
Cleveland lost 108-97 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday when Smith served his suspension.
Rodney Hood, starting in place of Smith, scored 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting with five rebounds and five assists.