INDEPENDENCE, Ohio--If J.R. Smith has his way, he'll play Thursday night in Game 3 against the Pacers.
Smith, who injured the hamstring in the second quarter of Game 2, didn't return for the second half. He was replaced by Iman Shumpert, who received praise for the defensive job he did on Paul George.
Smith practiced on Wednesday before the Cavs left for Indianapolis and is officially listed as "questionable" for the game. Smith said he will "absolutely" play, but if he doesn't, Shumpert will likely get the start.
Smith missed 36 games this season with a broken thumb.