June 30, 2016

Mostly clear

Shaq will miss approximately 8 weeks

Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal underwent what the team called “successful” surgery on his right thumb Monday morning and is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

That means the 7-foot-1, 325-pound center will miss the final 22 games of the regular season, but could return sometime in the first round of the playoffs.

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Rick Noland is the Cavs beat writer for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, and the author of "Over Time," a compilation of stories he's written in more than 30 years as a journalist. He can be reached at 330-721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.