J.R. Smith might not return to the Cavs until about the start of the playoffs following surgery to repair a “complex fracture” of his right thumb Friday morning, the team announced. The Cavs say Smith’s recovery period is estimated to be 12-to-14 weeks. The NBA playoffs start April 15.
According to the release, Smith’s surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham of Northwell Health of New York. Dr, with Dr. T.J. Reilly of the Montrose Crystal Clinic assisting. The surgery was done in Montrose, and team physician Dr. Richard D. Parker was there too.
Dec 21st, 2016 Update
Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith has a fractured right thumb and will need surgery, the team announced. The typical recovery time from such an injury is four to six weeks, but the Cavaliers said a timeline to return will be established after the surgery. Smith exited the first half of Tuesday’s 114-108 overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks.