The Cavaliers currently lead the Indiana Pacers, but they’ve taken at least a short-term blow, as J.R. Smith is out for the rest of the game with a left hamstring injury.
Iman Shumpert, who had not played a single second in this series so far, started the second half with the other four usual starters. To an extent, this isn’t devastating news in the short term. The Cavaliers have a lot of depth at wing, and Kyle Korver should be able to fill J.R.’s shooting deficit.
If it’s a long-term injury, it’s obviously terrible for the Cavaliers. Smith is one of the few players on the roster that’s capable of high level two-way basketball, and they’ll need him if they end up back in the Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
We’ll keep you updated on Smith’s status as we learn more.