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Cavs News: Cleveland Cavaliers Update Injury Status of J.R. Smith
- Updated: December 21, 2016
The prognosis on Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith’s injury has turned out to be as bad as was feared, with surgery now scheduled. Even more ominously, Smith will reportedly be out for a lengthy period.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst sent out the following tweet late Wednesday morning:
Cavs fears realized today with JR Smith. He will need surgery on his thumb and will be out an extended period, sources said
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 21, 2016
How long that extended period is can be hard to discern, though LaMarcus Aldridge’s injured thumb in January 2015 was supposed to sideline him six to eight weeks after his surgery. However, Aldridge chose to play the rest of that season and then have the surgery performed during the offseason.
Smith’s injury obviously doesn’t afford him that privilege. He left Tuesday night’s game in Milwaukee after suffering the injury, playing just 17 minutes.
The injury is the second this month suffered by the veteran guard. In the Dec. 5 win at Toronto, he was sidelined for a few games because of a knee injury. Prior to this most recent injury, he had appeared to be on the verge of breaking away from his slow start that was blamed in part for his missing virtually all of the team’s training camp due to a contract dispute.
The Cavaliers will be playing four games over the next six days, the biggest one coming on Christmas Day when they host the Golden State Warriors.