JR Smith back in April?

I hear J.R. Smith should be back by April and able to play at least a few games before the playoffs open. Smith is recovering from thumb surgery. The Cavs are pleased with his progress. He could be considered ahead of schedule. They don’t want to rush Smith. Their shooting guard is important because he’s a strong, athletic presence on defense — along with having amazing 3-point shooting range.
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October 17, 2017 | 3:05 am EDT Update
There’s no way LeBron James’ sprained left ankle will keep him out of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ regular-season opener against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics — at least according to JR Smith. “Oh, he’s going to go,” Smith said after practice Monday. “He’s going to go, trust me on that. I don’t care what he’s got to do, he’s going to play.” Smith’s declaration of James’ status was far more definitive than Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue’s assessment of his superstar’s chances of suiting up after James missed four of the Cavs’ five preseason games with the injury.
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James Harden and Chris Paul are getting ready for the new era of Houston Rockets basketball with a big matchup against the Golden State Warriors. Both teams are top-tier squads in the Western Conference and each have significant star power. One of the reasons for the Rockets’ optimism entering this season is the addition of Paul. While some had doubts about Paul’s fit – and the injury that kept Paul out for most of the preseason hurt – Harden has no worries about how they’ll co-exist. “It’s good,” Harden began. “We’ve been hanging out a lot off the court so that’s a good thing. On the court, that’s going to take time. It’s going to be a lot of adjusting. We’re two very smart and unselfish players, it’ll work itself out.”
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