Cavs' Hughes has finger surgery, out 8 weeks
CLEVELAND -- High-scoring Cavaliers guard Larry Hughes underwent surgery Friday at the Cleveland Clinic to repair his broken right middle finger.
The oft-injured Hughes is expected to miss eight weeks.
Hughes, 26, is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 16.2 points and 3.9 assists. He started the first 28 games for the Cavaliers before sitting out Wednesday night at Milwaukee. The Cavaliers are 1-1 in his absence.
The Cavaliers knew that Hughes had a history of injuries when they signed him to a five-year, $60 million contract in the offseason.
Hughes hasn't played a complete season since 1999-2000 and has missed 97 games over the last five seasons with a list of injuries, including a broken right thumb, broken left wrist, bruised left knee, sprained right ankle and strained right shoulder.
Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said Hughes is a tough competitor who plays the game fearlessly and will get injured at times.
"He wanted to play the rest of this season with a broken finger," Ferry said. "The doctors said no, that they wanted this taken care of."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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