CLEVELAND, Ohio – J.R. Smith practiced Wednesday and is listed as “questionable” for Thursday’s Game 3 against the Pacers.
What would Smith missing time mean for the Cavs at this point in the postseason?
They clearly want and need him to be the player who helped them win the NBA title a year ago. But he hasn’t returned to that form since missing 36 games following surgery on his right thumb.
Leading 2-0 in a first-round series against the No. 7-seeded Pacers, the Cavs have time to let Smith get healthy.
They could probably get out of the Eastern Conference without Smith playing at full strength. Not that they’d want to try.
We asked ourselves what a J.R. Smith injury would mean for the Cavs as part of our video debate series Prepare for List Off.
We agree the Cavs have options. Kyle Korver from three-point range and Iman Shumpert playing defense on the perimeter could help fill the void if Smith must miss any time.
Smith declared himself ready to go Wednesday. We’ll see if the doctors agree Thursday in Indianapolis.
In the meantime hear us out, then come back and tell us who got closer to capturing what Smith’s hamstring injury could mean for the Cavs chances.