Cleveland Cavaliers star J.R. Smith has had his fair share of injury issues since re-signing with the franchise over the offseason.
Limited with a hamstring problem during the preseason, the shooting guard has already missed three games during the regular season due to issues with his right knee and quadricep.
But it looks like Smith, and the medical experts, missed one serious sounding injury altogether before finally discovering the remnants of the issue this past weekend.
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As reported by the Akron Beacon Journal, an X-ray on Smith's hand over the weekend flagged up a broken right thumb that had actually already healed.
The broken bone, which doctors say happened so long ago that it has now healed of its own accord, might not have been discovered at the time, but it may explain Smith's most recent problem.
Smith told the Journal that any time he gets hit on his right hand it swells up. In fact, such a situation last Friday night during the Cavs' trip to play New York is what led to the X-ray taking place in the first place.
The former Sixth Man of the Year has been in disappointing form so far this season, shooting at just 30-percent from three-point range.
Playing through a broken bone in his right hand probably didn't help the stats.
There will likely be some ready to praise Smith for playing through a broken bone. However, considering how it appears to have affected his game, there will also be those willing to criticize the Cavaliers for failing to identify the problem when it happened.