Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is out against Hornets
CLEVELAND – Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is out against the Charlotte Hornets because of a sore right ankle.
The Cavaliers said Smith tweaked the ankle Friday night against Washington. Mike Dunleavy will start at shooting guard Sunday for the defending champions, who are 7-1 and have the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Smith is averaging 10.5 points and had made 36 percent of his 3-point attempts. Dunleavy, who is starting for the first time this season, is 7 of 23 from the 3-point line and is averaging 4.4 points.