Knicks on guard for mumps as J.R Smith illness worsens

New York Post—December 3, 2014

J.R. Smith, who missed the Knicks' 98-93 loss to the Nets on Tuesday with "flu-like symptoms," is being kept away from the club. At least it doesn't appear to be mumps.

The Knicks' medical staff is on high alert after the Rangers' Tanner Glass was diagnosed with the mumps a few days ago. Dr. Lisa Callahan coordinates the medical staffs for both the Knicks and Rangers, who share the Tarrytown practice facility.

The Knicks are considering giving their players mumps booster shots on a case-by-case basis, looking to take all precautions. The Knicks have all but ruled out mumps for Smith.

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