Rudy Gay is battling a left hip flexor strain, which means the dunk contest has a new entrant: The Nuggets' J.R. Smith.
He'll compete against Dwight Howard, Rudy Fernandez, and Nate Robinson.
And you know what? I think Smith can win this thing. He is, at times, a shocking athlete. Howard and Robinson are the favorites, but at some point the judges will have seen enough of those two.