We won’t get the J.R. Smith vs. his former team we were hoping for on Wednesday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers standout will be sidelined after bruising his knee in the first quarter on Monday night as his squad notched a 107-100 victory over the Philadelphia 76’ers. Y’know what else happened in that game? LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to record 25,000 career points.
So, while Smith might be feeling a bit under the weather, James is feeling nothing short of historic as the Cavs square off against the New York Knicks.
“It’s a cool thing,” he said. “I’ve got more work to do but it’s pretty cool to see where you’re able to kind of stop and look at it.”
Although James is riding a wave of historic performances, his matchups against New York have been a little less-than-ideal. His scoring average of 18 points in three matchups were the worst of any team he’s faced more than once. The Knicks won their only matchup to Quicken Loans Arena last season and are 2-0 on the road to start the season.
Tip-off for the game is slated for 8 p.m. ET and will be nationally broadcast on ESPN. Don’t worry if you’re not near a TV screen tonight, here’s how to watch the matchup online and on mobile, including a free option:
Watch Knicks vs. Cavaliers Online
Users without a cable subscription can watch the game through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides access to a handful of channels (including TBS and ESPN) for a monthly fee. The service’s Best of Live TV package costs $20 a month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch a Monday night’s game for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.
If you have the log-in info for a cable subscription with access to WatchESPN, you can watch the game at WatchESPN.com. You’ll need a cable log-in and password, or the log-in and password of someone you know, to access the stream.
Watch Knicks vs. Cavaliers Mobile
Users with a subscription to Sling TV can watch it on their app, which can be downloaded for free in the App store or the Google Play store. The service’s Best of Live TV package costs $20 a month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch a week’s worth of games for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.
Mobile and tablet users with access to Watch ESPN can watch the game on the Watch ESPN app, which can be downloaded for free in the App Store, the Google Play store, the Amazon App store or the Windows Store. As is the case with desktop, you’ll need the log-in for a cable subscription with access to ESPN to watch the stream.