December 21, 2016, 1:22 pm
J.R. Smith (thumb) will require surgery to correct his broken right thumb and will miss an “extended period” of time.
The estimated time of recovery is 4-to-6 weeks but we should know an exact timetable after his surgery. DeAndre Liggins is reported to move into the starting lineup with Iman Shumpert picking up extended minutes off the bench. You can probably let go of Smith for now and go grab someone else who will give you some production.