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Cavs' J.R. Smith out 3 months with thumb, blow to NBA champs

The defending NBA champions will be without a major piece for at least three months.

Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith could be sidelined until the end of the regular season following surgery to repair what the team called a "complex fracture" of his right thumb. Smith's injury will have a major ripple effect on the Cavs, who have dealt with numerous injuries over the past two seasons.

Smith hurt his thumb late in the first half Tuesday night at Milwaukee when he swiped at the ball. The 13-year veteran, who signed a four-year, $57 million contract in October, attended Wednesday's game and sat on the bench in street clothes with his thumb immobilized in a large...

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