As his premature daughter continues to improve, Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith realizes his fractured thumb was a blessing in disguise

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INDEPENDENCE: J.R. Smith laid his cell phone on the metal microphone stand in front of him just so those huddled around could grasp the magnitude of his baby’s miracle.The Cavaliers guard said when his daughter Dakota was born five months premature on Jan. 2, she was no bigger than that device. Now on Day 108 of her hospitalization, Dakota weighs 4.7 pounds. Her breathing tube was removed a month ago. On Friday, she reached another milestone, taking a bottle for the first time.“She’s doing unbelievable numbers. The doctors say she’s off the charts. We just have to take it day by day and hopefully one day soon she’ll come home,” Smith said.His wife, Jewel Harris Smith, has watched over their daughter constantly, so Smith was touched that he was the one...

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