The Cleveland Cavaliers would have loved to start the 2023-24 season with flying colors.
But the reality is often disappointing as the Cavs are currently 1-2 in the regular season.
Fortunately, there is hope for the Cavaliers to get better over the course of the season, as they are currently playing without two key players.
We are talking about none other than Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland.
Veteran NBA analyst Brian Windhorst provided an injury update about the two Cavs players via ESPN Cleveland on Twitter.
“That’s the thing about bone bruises, there’s a possibility it could bother him for the majority of the season,” Windhorst said about Allen’s injury.
"That's the thing about bone bruises, there's a possibility it could bother him for the majority of the season," – @WindhorstESPN gives injury updates on Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland. pic.twitter.com/XRllTBlNjS
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) October 31, 2023
Jarrett Allen is currently recovering from an ankle injury, and he’s yet to make his debut for the team this season.
Considering Allen averaged 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game for the Cavaliers last season, his absence is certainly holding back the team from reaching its true potential.
As for Darius Garland, he did play one game for the Cavaliers, putting up 15 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists.
But since his debut, Garland has been sidelined and is scheduled to miss the team’s Tuesday night matchup against the New York Knicks.
Windhorst believes the Cavaliers rushed by bringing Garland back too soon.
Garland averaged 21.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 7.8 assists per game for the team last season, and it was one of the key reasons behind the Cavaliers finishing as the number four seed in the Eastern Conference.
Can the Cavaliers manage to stay above .500 until the two stars return to the roster, or will they further plummet down the Eastern Conference table?
Well, fans will find out after the Cavaliers’ next game against the Knicks this Tuesday.