J.R. Smith Injury Update: Cavaliers SG Out 12-14 Weeks Following Thumb Surgery

December 23rd, 2016 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith is projected to miss at least three months of action after undergoing surgery Friday on his right thumb.

The Cavs provided an update on the 31-year-old veteran's status on their official website:

Cavalier guard J.R. Smith's surgery to repair a complex fracture of his right thumb was completed on Friday morning at the Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center in Montrose, Ohio. ... Smith will now undergo a period of recovery and rehabilitation for his thumb and his return to play timeline is currently projected at 12-14 weeks.

Smith, who's averaging 8.6 points per game this season, suffered the injury in Tuesday's victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. He scored six points in 17 minutes before exiting early. Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today noted the injury appeared to occur on an attempted steal of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Although Cleveland lacks depth beyond its star-studded top half of the roster, it doesn't sound like the team is rushing to find a potential replacement.

On Wednesday, head coach Tyronn Lue talked to reporters about the message he gave general manager Da ...

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