Cavs starting guard Smith needs thumb surgery
CLEVELAND | Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith will be out indefinitely with a broken right thumb, an injury that will test the depth of the defending NBA champions.
Smith got hurt late in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game in Milwaukee and didn’t return after halftime in a game the Cavs won 114108 in overtime. X-rays taken after the game were inconclusive, but further tests done Wednesday in Cleveland revealed the fracture.
The Cavs aren’t putting a timeline on know how long Smith will be sidelined. Typically, injuries like Smith’s require at least one month of recovery time, but the severity of the break is not known and his return date won’t be determined until after the operation.
The team did not say when Smith will have surgery.