INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) – As expected, Andrew Bogut will not return this season after breaking his left tibia but the Cavs are about to get J.R. Smith back the team announced Wednesday.
Bogut underwent additional testing Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic and it was determined that he will not require surgery, but he did have his left leg set by doctors. Bogut will also miss the entire postseason but is expected to recover in time for training camp in the fall.
The Cavs signed Bogut on March 2 following his release from Philadelphia after he was traded to the 76ers by Dallas on Feb 23.
Smith has been cleared by doctors to return and is officially listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game in Detroit. Smith, who practiced on Wednesday without limitations, has been out since breaking his right thumb on Dec. 20.
“It feels good,” Smith said following practice Wednesday. “I finally got my first practice in, full practice, so it feels good.”
Physically Smith, who has been shooting for a few weeks, is fine but he admitted that he’ll have another hurdle to clear once he gets back on the floor in a game.
“Mentally I just [am thinking about] going in there, swiping at the ball, diving for loose balls,” Smith said. “That plays a factor and you never really want to go into any type of game or whatever you’re doing second guessing yourself.
“So, if I got to second guess myself, I won’t play. If I feel like I’m not going to, then I’ll play.”
It doesn’t sound as if Smith will actually play against the Pistons but if he doesn’t he will likely return this weekend.
“It was good to see him out there, really, really good to see him out there,” associate head coach Larry Drew, who is filling in for Tyronn Lue as he recovers from a sinus/inner ear infection, said. “He’s been working out the last few days and getting a lot of shots up. But today we got a chance to get him into some 5-on-5 stuff and get him up and down the court a little bit. It was really good to have him back.”
Lue, who missed Monday night’s 106-98 loss to the Heat, was not at practice again on Wednesday but is expected to meet the team tomorrow in Detroit and coach against the Pistons.
Guard Kyle Korver will not play against the Pistons but will travel with the team due to soreness in his left foot. The team said the plan is to treat Korver while on the road in the hope that he’ll be able to return this weekend.
Although Drew said Wednesday there isn’t anything to be concerned about with Korver and sitting him is a precaution, it is something to keep an eye on in the next few days.
With the Mid-American Conference basketball tournament taking over The Q this weekend, the Cavs hit the road for the next 3: Thursday night in Detroit, Orlando Saturday and Houston on Sunday.