Not so fast, says J.R.
Despite a report from ESPN that J. R. Smith was ahead of schedule from this thumb surgery, Smith took to Twitter to lower expectations, posting:
"Please don't believe the hype. Still a ways to go. "Sources" means they have nothing else to wright. Trusting my process!"
Later, Smith corrected "wright" to "write" on his next post.
Smith was expected to miss 12-14 weeks after having thumb surgery in late December. The original timeline had him returning in late March or early April. However, the ESPN story said he could return as soon as mid-March. mid-March, he would have roughly 16 games to regain his form before the postseason begins.
Smith signed a four-year, $57 million extension with Cleveland in the offseason after the Cavs' Finals win. He is averaging 8.6 points per game on 33.7 percent shooting from the field and 36.2 percent from beyond the arc. Smith is in his 13th NBA season.