JR Smith Out for 12-14 Weeks for Thumb Surgery

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ shooting guard JR Smith underwent thumb surgery today and will likely miss between the next 12 to 14 weeks of NBA action.

Smith, 31, has been in the NBA for 13 seasons and has played for 4 different teams. He is coming off of a season in which he played in 77 games and averaged 30.7 minutes per game, 12.4 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 1.7 assists per game, 0.3 blocks per game, and 1.1 steals per game. He shot 41.5% from the field, 40.0% from 3-point range, and 63.4% from the free throw line.

So far this season, Smith has played in 21 games and averaged 28.9 minutes per game, 8.6 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game, 1.2 assists per game, 0.4 blocks per game, and 1.2 steals per game. He is shooting 33.7% from the field, 36.2% from 3-point range, and 77.8% from the free throw line.

Over his 13-year NBA career, Smith has played in 860 games and averaged 26.9 minutes per game, 13.1 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game, 0.2 blocks per game, and 1.0 steal per game. His career shooting percentages are 42.1% from the field, 37.5% from 3-point range, and 73.4% from the free throw line.


-Asher Fair


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