The Cleveland Cavaliers may have picked up a win against the Milwaukee Bucks, but it appears they’ll return home a bit more banged up.
Starting shooting guard J.R. Smith hurt his right thumb during the first half and didn’t return for the second. DeAndre Liggins started the half in his place. After the game, it was revealed that an MRIs was inconclusive’ and Smith’s status is currently unknown. He’ll be reevaluated in Cleveland Wednesday.
J.R. Smith had an MRI in Milwaukee on his R hand that was inconclusive, per the Cavs. He'll be evaluated again Wednesday in CLE.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 21, 2016
At this point, don’t expect Smith to play tomorrow when the Cavs play the Bucks at home. If his injury requires any sort of extended looks, he’s going to sit. More troublesome is the fact that the Cavs’ injuries are starting to mount. In addition to Smith, Kevin Love missed Tuesday’s game with a knee injury and is questionable for Wednesday. Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen was also just lost for the year with a torn ACL.
If Smith doesn’t play, expect Liggins to start in his place. We’ll update Smith’s condition as more information becomes available.
Correction: A previous version of this story indicated that Smith had an x-ray in Milwaukee when he in fact had an MRI.