J.R. Smith’s knee injury won’t keep him out for an extended period of time.
Smith, who left Monday’s game against the Toronto Raptors in the first quarter after hurting his left knee, underwent an MRI in Cleveland today that revealed no structural damage. Officially, Smith has a left knee hyperextension and will miss tomorrow’s game against the New York Knicks. After Wednesday, Smith will be listed as day-to-day.
Here is the Cavs’ full statement:
Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith experienced a left knee injury during the first quarter of the Cavaliers game in Toronto vs. the Raptors last night. He did not return to play. Smith returned to Cleveland today for further examination at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health by team physicians Dr. Richard Parker and Dr. James Rosneck. The evaluation and MRI revealed no structural damage and Smith has been diagnosed with a left knee hyperextension. He is out for tomorrow night’s game against the Knicks in New York and will be day-to-day as he receives additional treatment.
Prior to the injury, Smith had been dealing with leg soreness. At the moment, it’s too early to know when he’ll play again or exactly when he’ll get back to 100 percent. For the Cavs, it might not make sense to even have him return he is at 100 percent. Regular season games only have so much value.