J.R. Smith set to return; Bogut out for season/playoffs

The Cavs received some good news as J.R. Smith is close to returning from thumb surgery that sidelined him since December

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio--The Cavaliers needed some good news.

They received some Monday as J.R. Smith was cleared to practice and might even play Thursday night in Detroit. He practiced for the first time on Wednesday and is listed as questionable to play against the Pistons. 

Meanwhile, the news on Andrew Bogut isn't good.

The Cavs said  Bogut had additional imaging and evaluation at the Cleveland Clinic yesterday related to his fractured left tibia. His tibia has been set and he is undergoing a non-surgical treatment and recovery plan commencing immediately with an extended period of immobilization and healing stimulation.

They said he will not be available to play the remainder of the regular season and playoffs, but is expected to successfully complete his recovery process in advance of training camp for the 2017-18 NBA season. 

Kyle Korver has a sore foot and will travel on the three-game road trip but will not play against Detroit. 

 Also, coach Tyronn Lue, who missed Monday night's game with the Heat due to a sinus/inner ear issue is expected to join the team in Detroit Thursday. He did not attend practice Wednesday and will not travel with the team to Detroit today.



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