Cavs start­ing guard Smith needs thumb surgery

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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.

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