Add J.R. Smith the Cleveland Cavaliers' injury list.
According to the Cavs, Smith suffered a right knee contusion against the Philadelphia 76ers last night. Smith then underwent an MRI today that confirmed the contusion and also revealed that Smith has tendinitis in his quadriceps. According to coach David Blatt, Smith suffered the injury in the first quarter when he locked legs with 76ers forward Nerlens Noel. Smith exited last night's game in the first quarter and did not return.
Due to his injuries, Smith will be out the Cavs' next two games - Wednesday vs. the New York Knicks and Friday against the Sixers - and is already listed as doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Indiana Pacers. While nothing has been confirmed, Matthew Dellavedova or Jared Cunningham would be the logical replacement for Smith in the Cavs' starting lineup. Richard Jefferson also could be an option.
For the season Smith is averaging 4.8 points per game while shooting 27.6 percent from the field. Although he'll be back sooner than teammates Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert, he is now the third key member of the Cavs on the sideline.