Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers have been able to secure wins without him, they have definitely missed Darius Garland.
The star guard has been out of the game since December 14 due to a broken jaw but he could be returning very soon.
According to Hoops Rumor, Garland is hoping to return to his team by the end of the month.
ICYMI: Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland, who has been out since December 14 due to a broken jaw, is hoping to return before the end of the month. Story: https://t.co/TEDvO4geFA
— Hoops Rumors (@HoopsRumors) January 13, 2024
The Cavaliers haven’t yet issued an official announcement saying when Garland will be back but inside reporting says that he continues to eye a date by the end of January.
According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Garland is set to have the wiring in his mouth removed on Monday and then he will be examined.
If everything looks healthy, he will then resume basketball activities and be on track for a return soon.
But his return won’t be immediately after the wiring is removed because Garland hasn’t been able to work out over the last few weeks because team doctors haven’t wanted him to get his heart rate up.
He has also been on an all-liquid diet, so he will need time to change what he is eating and prepare his body for the strain and intensity of the NBA.
Garland is a vital part of the team and has averaged 20.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 5.9 assists so far this season, on 47% from the field.
As important as Garland is, the Cavaliers have managed to go 9-3 since he was injured in December.
They are now the fifth seed in the East and hope that Garland’s return will help them climb even higher.