J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers will sit it out for a minimum of two games due to a right knee contusion.
The shooting guard submitted himself to an MRI procedure last Tuesday which established the injury as reported by ESPN. A quadriceps tendinitis in his right leg was also found in an incidental study.
Cavaliers Coach David Blatt guaranteed that the vacuum left by Smith’s injury will be filled.
“We got a lot of guys that have got to fill in. We’ve certainly been in that situation before and we’re in that situation again. So, everybody has got to step up,” Blatt said.
Blatt, who is in his second year as the Cavaliers head coach, was had the edge taken off him knowing that the streak shooter’s injury is not serious.
“I’m just anxious for him to rest and rehabilitate and be back as soon as possible,” Blatt added.
Smith will not be present when the Cavaliers take on his former team, the New York Knicks on Wednesday. He will again be sitting on the bench for Friday’s game with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Cavaliers will take on the visiting Indiana Pacers on Sunday with Smith’s availability still in question.He is considered doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
The Cavaliers’ roster is now in a grim position of being deficient in the scoring department with this absence of the 2013’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year. Smith will join All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving in the non-active list of players. Irving has also been a no-show due to a fractured left knee which he had been nursing ever since the playoffs and the finals last season.
Bleacher Report mentioned that the Cavaliers are also facing a setback in the defense department with Iman Shumpert still in the rehabilitation process of his wrist surgery. However, 12-year veteran James Jones can still provide consistent shooting, especially beyond the arc.
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