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Daily News – December 22, 2016

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J.R. Smith needs surgery on right thumb, out extended period
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — J.R. Smith needs surgery to repair a fractured right thumb and will be out an extended period.

I’m a news release, the Cavs said after images taken at the arena Tuesday were inconclusive, Smith received further examination in Cleveland this morning by Dr. Richard Parker at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. The results revealed a fractured right thumb.

A return to play timeline will be established following surgery, but a source told cleveland.com one estimate is four to six weeks.

Smith suffered the injury late in the first half of the Cavs’ 114-108 overtime win in Milwaukee and did not return. He sat in the locker room afterwards with his right hand tucked inside his jacket.

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Tyronn Lue’s biggest challenge after J.R. Smith injury is staying true to his long-term goals
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Already lacking a backup point guard and thin along the frontline, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be forced to play without their starting shooting guard for the foreseeable future, testing their depth even more.

J.R. Smith’s fractured right thumb requires surgery. It also requires head coach Tyronn Lue to stay true to his own decree from earlier this season.

“For me, it’s always been most important having health, so if it’s a chance we can get (home court advantage), great, but if our health is gonna be a factor in that, then I’ll take health over home court,” Lue said.

We’re all about to find out if that was just lip service. And it’s a tough balance.

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Tyronn Lue told Cavs’ GM to ‘take his time’ in upgrading roster after losing J.R. Smith
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cavs are working through hand specialists to determine which doctor will surgically repair starting shooting guard J.R. Smith’s fractured right thumb, suffered Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

A source said Smith might not have surgery before Christmas, and the team said a timetable won’t be set for his eventual return until after the operation.

All of this goes to show that Cleveland could be without Smith for a while, and yet there isn’t a (noticeable) sense of urgency to make a move to replace him.

“I told Griff to take his time,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before Wednesday’s game against the Bucks, discussing the brief conversation he had with general manager David Griffin. “We are 20-6 and we’re playing good. We’re a good team. And we don’t want to settle for just any point guard, we want to make sure that we have the right piece that we bring in here that could help us win a championship. That’s our goal.

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  • (12/22) Cavaliers 113, Bucks 102: Kyrie Irving, LeBron James carry the load again for short-handed Cavs Akron Beacon Journal
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  • (12/22) Jim Ingraham: Cavs and Warriors together again, maybe in Finals, too Medina-Gazette
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  • (12/22) Despite Silver Linings, J.R. Smith’s Injury Is Bad News for Shallow Cavs Bleacherreport.com
  • (12/22) Cavs 114, Bucks 108, OT: Marla Ridenour’s 17 thoughts on J.R.’s thumb, LeBron’s 3s and tweeners Akron Beacon Journal
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