Cavs guard Smith faces surgery for fractured riight thumb

Dec 24, 2016, 00:29
Cavs guard Smith faces surgery for fractured riight thumb

The Cavaliers beat the Bucks, 114-108, on Tuesday behind stellar efforts from James (34 points) and Kyrie Irving (28 points). The Cavs have been in the market to search for a reinforcement point guard, yet they found Iman Shumpert and James for just some of those minutes and could now be forced to discover another wing player.

Kevin Love missed the game with a knee injury, and his status for the second game of the back-to-back against the Bucks Wednesday night is iffy. He played 47-plus in the overtime win while Irving played 45 minutes. James, Love and Kyrie Irving are all playing at such a high level, it's hard to imagine them doing even more as the season progresses. Both Lue and James stressed it to the media - get back on defense, no matter what.

With him out, it's going to make defending the Cavs a little easier. "He was mad, but so what?" I wished he would've changed his mind.

"OK, we got one win", Channing Frye said Tuesday. The surgery repaired a complex fracture.

Playoffs or no playoffs, and right now, the Bucks are 13-14 and in ninth in the East - Milwaukee definitely has the Cavs' attention.

"They're the champs. They showed that again tonight", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.

The Cavaliers management has never been shy of bringing in big name players to help them in their championship quest.

Kyrie Irving didn't become tired of seeing the Milwaukee Bucks on following days in December.

Smith has become a fan favorite in Cleveland. It's likely that Coach Lue will challenge the Cavs to play well enough against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday so that they can rest during the 4th quarter, but this team tends to confound expectations, good or bad.

Most of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers team stayed together after coming back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Warriors.

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