Cavs’ Smith to have surgery on broken thumb

Agence France-Presse
Cavs’ Smith to have surgery on broken thumb
The Cavs likely have to play the next 4-6 weeks without their resident shooter

LOS ANGELES, USA – Cleveland Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith will have surgery on the broken right thumb he suffered in Tuesday’s overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks, the team said Wednesday, December 21 (Thursday morning, Manila time).

A rehabilitation program and timeline for Smith’s return will be established after the operation, the team said. The recovery time from such an injury is usually 4 to 6 weeks.

Smith left the game in Milwaukee late in the second quarter of the 114-108 win. Initial X-rays at the arena were inconclusive, but he was re-evaluated on Wednesday morning in Cleveland – where the two teams were to meet again on Wednesday night.

Smith, 31, inked a 4-year, $57 million contract extension in the offseason after helping the Cavaliers to the NBA title in June.

He is averaging 8.6 points in 21 games this season, missing 5 games because of knee and ankle injuries. –

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