Wednesday , May , 08 , 2013 Matt Formica

JR Smith parties with Rihanna after Knicks win

JR Smith was spotted partying it up at a club after the Knicks win Tuesday night – and this time, he was kickin’ it with R&B superstar Rihanna.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  Got to give Smith some credit for having that work hard play hard mentality.

After scoring just 8 points on 3-15 shooting in what proved to be his lowest scoring game in this year’s playoffs, the NBA’s reigning 6th Man of the Year was spotted partying it up in the VIP at New York City hotspot Greenhouse with none other than Rihanna Tuesday night.  Rihanna and Smith are known to have dated in the past, and Rihanna supposedly ended things (again) with pop star Chris Brown earlier this week, leaving room for Smith to re-enter the picture.

And it wasn’t the first time Smith was seen boozing it up in between playoff games this season.  A picture of the Knicks guard sipping on a bottle of champagne was snapped and hit the web the night before (or possibly after) game 5 against the Celtics.

You kind of have to respect the guy for having a good life balance.  Smith can ball out on and off the court and it doesn’t seem to be affecting his game.  Despite scoring below double digits for the first time in this year’s playoffs against Indiana last night, he’s averaging 14 points a game this postseason.

Game 3 between the Knicks and Pacers is in Indianapolis and tips off this Saturday at 8:00 PM EST.  The series is tied 1-1.

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