Smith told reporters that he wasn’t upset with the change, but admitted that he wished Lue had been more communicative.
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JR scored 14 points in 22 minutes off the pine in Cleveland’s 129-107 road win against Phoenix.
“I just felt like it,” Lue said when asked about the timing of his decision to bench Smith.
Smith said that there was no conversation with his coach about the move.
“We didn’t talk,” Smith told ESPN. “He sent me a text [Monday], and I told him, ‘No problem.’ I didn’t know that it was a ‘talk.’”
Smith acknowledged he was surprised by the change.
“That’s all right, though,” Smith said. “I’m not upset about it. I just wish there would have been more dialogue, I guess.”