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JR Smith Out 6-8 Weeks With Broken Thumb


Cavs guard JR Smith suffered a fractured thumb during the first half of the Cavs victory over the Bucks last night. Smith travelled back to Ohio on Wednesday and it was confirmed that he would need surgery, which could put him on the shelf for 6-8 weeks.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has a fractured right thumb and will need surgery, the team announced.

The typical recovery time from such an injury is four to six weeks, but the Cavaliers said a timeline to return will be established after the surgery.

Smith exited the first half of Tuesday’s 114-108 overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Initial X-rays taken at the arena were inconclusive. Smith traveled back to Cleveland with the team to be re-evaluated Wednesday before the Cavs host the Bucks on a second night of a back-to-back.

Smith, who signed a four-year, $57 million extension with Cleveland in the offseason after the Cavs’ championship win, was averaging 8.8 points on 33.7 percent shooting (35.8 percent from 3) coming into Tuesday.

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