The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t been short of injuries to their guards at the start of the season. Now they have another one to add to the list as J.R. Smith will miss at least two games according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.
Smith’s MRI confirmed a right knee contusion and also quadriceps tendinitis in his right leg.
Smith will miss the Cavs’ next two games Wednesday against the New York Knicks and Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers. He is considered doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
“Relieved that it’s not as serious as it could have been,” Cavs coach David Blatt said after practice Tuesday. “I’m just anxious for him to rest and rehabilitate and be back as soon as possible.”
Smith apparently aggravated an injury from the preseason after he got locked up with Philadelphia 76ers Nerlens Noel in the first quarter and left the game. He had a hamstring injury in the preseason, and it seems to have resurfaced after the incident with Noel.
It’s not like Smith was tearing up the league before his injury, scoring just 4.8 points on to go with 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. His effective field-goal percentage on the year is a meager 29.3. So the Cavaliers learning to survive without him won’t be a monumental task.
Per the report:
“You know the roster,” Blatt said. “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.”
That likely means more Matthew Dellavedova and Jared Cunningham.