J.R. Smith started getting the chills Friday night and Mike Woodson said he had a temperature of 102 Saturday morning.
Smith clearly felt the effects of the virus he had, but he played nearly 25 minutes in the Knicks' 82-71 loss to Indiana. He was 4-for-12 with nine points.
"I knew I was going to play anyway, regardless of whatever was going on," Smith said. "It's playoff time. I think I would have played in the regular season, too. I just got to go out there and help my teammates."
Smith said he was "kind of winded early," but he looked more alert and was more effective in the second half. This series doesn't resume until Tuesday, so he has some time to get better.
Coming into the game, Smith's physical and mental states in these playoffs had become cause for concern for the Knicks.
Smith shot just 7-for-30 and totaled 25 points in the first two games of the series. He's also been under the microscope lately for his struggles on the court and his life away from basketball.
Smith reportedly was clubbing the night before Game 1 of this series -- although he denied it on Twitter -- and was seen out recently with singer Rihanna. ESPN analyst Magic Johnson criticized Smith for going out before a game.