Cavs guard Smith faces surgery for fractured riight thumb

Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson (31) is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) in the third quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith will need surgery on his injured right thumb and will be out an extended period of time, according to a report from ESPN.

Smith was injured during the first half of Tuesday night's Central Division matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, a game the Cavaliers won, 114-108, in overtime at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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The injury occurred when Smith made a swiping attempt at a steal against Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo on a drive toward the basket.

The shooting guard signed a four-year contract with Cleveland after the team won the NBA Championship last season. He also missed a handful of games earlier this season with ankle and knee issues, and now this thumb issue stands to further derail Smith's season. Smith, who was averaging nine points on 36 percent shooting from three-point range, is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup with DeAndre Liggins.

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