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J.R. Smith out for season opener vs. Raptors with elbow injury

J.R. Smith

The Cavs will kick off their 2018-19 regular season campaign with a match-up against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. However, it sounds like Cleveland will be without the services of J.R. Smith, who’s been dealing with a sore elbow.

Marla Ridenour of The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Smith underwent an MRI procedure on Monday. The results showed no structural damage, but he’s now listed as doubtful for Wednesday night’s game.

Smith, now 33 years of age, made 80 appearances with the Cavs last regular season, racking up averages of 8.3 points on 40.3 percent shooting from the field (37.5 percent from beyond the arc), 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and just under one steal (0.9) in 28.1 minutes per outing.

Smith did not play in the Cavs’ preseason finale on Friday and was excused from Tuesday’s practice. According to a report from Chris Fedor of cleveland.com, Smith has been wearing a wrap around his right elbow.

Via cleveland.com:

When approached by cleveland.com about the injury while the team was at Michigan State University, J.R. Smith joked, “Too much shooting, not enough passing.”

It’s the second minor injury Smith has dealt with this season. He was also held out of Cleveland’s annual Wine and Gold Scrimmage due to hip soreness.

If Smith is indeed unable to play in Wednesday’s game, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue will likely call on Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson to pick up the slack.

Wednesday night’s Cavs-Raptors game is set to tip inside Scotiabank Arena at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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