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Adrian Wyld/AP PhotoDenver Nuggets J.R. Smith and another man were seriously injured Saturday when the sport utility vehicle Smith was driving collided with a car.
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NEWARK, N.J. ” Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith remained hospitalized Sunday, a day after he was ejected from his sport utility vehicle during a crash in Monmouth County, but a team spokesman said the injuries should not keep him off the court.

“J.R. is fine, there is nothing career- or life-threatening,” Nuggets spokesman Eric Sebastian said Sunday afternoon. “I did not hear anything that would suggest he is going to be out any games. He is more concerned about the other people in the accident.”

Smith and a passenger, Andre Bell, 21, of East Orange, were seriously injured Saturday when the SUV Smith was driving went through a stop sign and overturned after colliding with a car at about 5:30 p.m. in Millstone Township, state police said.



Carroll Marshall, 23, another passenger in the SUV, and Lynn Sinatra, 49, of Millstone, who was driving the car, sustained minor injuries. They were taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, where they were treated and later released.

Both Smith and Bell were ejected from the vehicle, said Lt. Brian McPherson, commander of the state police’s Hamilton barracks. Bell ” who sustained life-threatening head injuries ” was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune, while Smith was taken there via ambulance.



Further details on their status and their injuries were not disclosed Sunday.

Smith, 21, was a star player at Lakewood High School and St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey before being the 18th overall pick of New Orleans in the 2004 NBA draft.

He averaged 13.0 points in 63 games for Denver this past season.


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