Cavs J.R. Smith will miss two games

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith suffered a right knee contusion and a quadriceps tendinitis in his right leg, according to the team, the diagnosis was confirmed after the player underwent an MRI on Tuesday.

Smith won’t be able to play the next two games, Wednesday against the New York Knicks and Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers. The player might also miss Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

“Relieved that it’s not as serious as it could have been,” Cavs coach David Blatt said Tuesday after practice. “I’m just anxious for him to rest and rehabilitate and be back as soon as possible.”

Blatt didn’t make comments about Smith’s possible replacement.

“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.”

Smith left the first quarter of the Cavs 107-100 victory against Philadelphia on Monday, and was not able to return.

According to Blatt the player got injured when he “locked legs” with Sixers forward Nerlens Noel. Smith spent the rest of the game with a Philadelphia team physician in the locker room.

Smith has an average of 4.8 points on 27.6 percent shooting, along with 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists through the Cavs’ 3-1 start to the season.

Besides Smith, Cleveland also misses Iman Shumpert (right wrist surgery). These two injuries might add more playing time for guards Matthew Dellavedova and Jared Cunningham.

 

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