J.R. Smith out vs. Nets

Ian Mahinmi, J.R. Smith
Sixth man J.R. Smith leads the Knicks in minutes played this season. (AP)

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been listed by the team as out for Tuesday night’s game against the Nets with “flu-like symptoms.

Smith has played in 17 of the Knicks’ 18 games to open the season, including four starts, averaging 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 25 minutes per game. He’s in the midst of a down year scoring: despite his reputation as a long-range shooter, he’s made just 27.8 percent of his three-point attempts, which would be the worst shooting season of his career.

Smith joins Knicks center Andrea Bargnani (calf strain) and Cleanthony Early (right knee surgery) on the Knicks inactive list. Bargnani, who is the third-highest paid player on the Knicks, has not played in a game this season.

The Nets are fully healthy heading into Madison Square Garden tonight. Tipoff at 7:30 P.M. EST.