JR Smith (thumb) questionable to return to the Cavaliers' lineup on Thursday

Doyle BarkerMar 11, 2017

Entering Thursday night's action, the Cavaliers have 20 games remaining in the regular season and are now 2.5 games ahead of the Boston Celtics for the top record in the Eastern Conference.

Reggie Jackson - who missed the first 21 games of the season with a left knee injury - comes into the contest as Detroit's leading scorer (15.1 ppg) and assist man (5.4 apg).

The Cleveland Cavaliers confirmed on Wednesday Bogut's National Basketball Association season was over and the team is expected to waive him in coming days to create salary space to sign a replacement.

LeBron James fired a pass that deflected off Smith's hands into the corner in front of the Cavaliers' bench.

In recent wins over Philly and Chicago, Jackson averaged 23.5 points while shooting a combined 67 percent from the floor, but he struggled mightily on Wednesday night against Indy - finishing with just six points on 1-for-8 shooting. The defeat dropped the Pistons two games behind the Pacers in the battle for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Yes, Andrew Bogut is lost for the season and Kyle Korver is out for tonight's matchup in Motown.

On a brighter note, the team also announced that J.R. Smith has been cleared for full practice.

This will mark Smith's first appearance in a game since December 20 when he suffered a fractured right thumb in the Cavs' 114-108 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He did not attend practice Wednesday or travel with the team to Detroit but was expected to make the trip in time to guide the Cavaliers against the Pistons on Thursday night.

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