J.R. Smith will be out of action for an undetermined period of time after the Cleveland Cavaliers announced he will need surgery for his fractured right thumb on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
The starting shooting guard for the defending champs left the first half of Tuesday's 114-108 overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s believed Smith injured his thumb when he tried to swipe the ball from Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Recovery time for similar injuries ranges from four to six weeks but the Cavs said they will wait after the surgery to release a timeline of Smith’s return.
Smith signed a four-year, US$57 million extension with the Cavs in the offseason after the team’s championship run.
The 31-year old guard had per game averages of 8.8 points on 33.7 percent shooting (35.8 percent on three pointers). He has missed five games due to knee and ankle injuries this season.