The 13-year veteran, who signed a four-year, $57 million contract in October, is set to make his return in 10 days to two weeks from today. On Wednesday, Smith was getting up shots at shootaround before the game started.
Smith last game was December 20th against the Milwaukee Bucks, he put 6 points (2-4 3PT), he fractured his right thumb. Before he got injured his numbers were 8.6 points on 34 percent shooting. JR Smith plays a big part in Cleveland lineup, their best 3 point specialist and wing defense.
He also played a big part in the 2015-16 playoffs, he was shooting 43% from the 3 and averaging 11.5 PPG.
Deandre Liggins and Iman Shumpert split some starting minutes for most of the games while Smith been sitting out because of the injury.
The Cleveland Cavaliers is 41-18 (1st place), they are still performing well without Smith. When the 3 point specialist come back the Cavaliers will be loaded, Cleveland traded for Kyle Korver in February to add another proficient three shooters. The Cavs didn’t stop there, they added Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut from the waivers.
Ty Lue talked about his depth when Jr Smith come back.
“I don’t know how I’m going to use all of these people I got yet,” Lue said. “I got three new players coming back. Got J.R., who we haven’t seen in a long time, got Kevin, and now we’ve got Bogut. And now we’re trying to implement D-Will right now, so. It’s going to be a process but it’s a great process to have when we’ve got great players that now we have a roster of 12 guys that should be playing. That’s always a good thing to happen.”
Deron Williams made his debut on Wednesday night, where he put up 13 points 5-10 with 3 rebounds.