JR Smith Reportedly Will Return from Thumb Injury vs. Detroit Pistons

Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward J.R. Smith (thumb surgery) has been cleared to practice in full, and is now being listed as questionable to return to the lineup against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. Kyle Korver, a 3-point sharpshooter obtained from Atlanta in a January trade, has a sore left foot but is with the team on its road swing to Detroit, Orlando and Houston while receiving treatment.

"That's what makes him special", Love said while appearing on the Cavs FoxSports Ohio broadcast, remarking on the high degree of difficulty that normally accompanies Smith's shots. "That plays a factor, and you never really want to go into any type of game or whatever you're doing second-guessing yourself". "I will be playing tonight against the Detroit Pistons".

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Entering Thursday night's action, the Cavaliers have 20 games remaining in the regular season and are now 2.5 games ahead of the Boston Celtics for the top record in the Eastern Conference.

Cavalier's center Andrew Bogut will be out for the remainder of the season and playoffs.

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Of course, that moment took place in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals - when the four-time MVP scored 29 of Cleveland's final 30 points, including their final 25, going 11-for-13 from the floor.

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It was his most jams in a game since 2009. "They destroyed us", Van Gundy told reporters.


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