With just hours to go before their season opener, the Cleveland Cavaliers are having injury issues.
Chris Fedor listed three Cavaliers players who are either unavailable or potentially out for Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Fedor is reporting that Jarret Allen will not participate in the game as he recovers from an ankle bone bruise.
In fact, Allen might miss two home games this weekend as well.
Meanwhile, Darius Garland is questionable because of a left hamstring strain, and Dean Wade is doubtful because of an illness.
#Cavs Jarrett Allen (ankle bone bruise) is officially listed OUT for tomorrow’s opener in Brooklyn. Don’t be surprised if Allen misses the two home games this weekend as well. Darius Garland (left hamstring strain) is QUESTIONABLE. Dean Wade (illness) is DOUBTFUL.
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) October 24, 2023
This definitely isn’t the way that the Cavaliers wanted to start the season.
The Nets are another team that is looking to have a strong start to the year, and they will fight hard to secure their first win.
The game is also in Brooklyn, which means the Nets could be even more competitive.
The loss of Allen isn’t shocking, as he has sat out the last few weeks tending to his injury.
Video and photos from the team show that Allen is on the road to recovery, and it’s expected he will be back soon – just not soon enough.
As for Wade, an absence due to illness isn’t too alarming, as long as he doesn’t infect other people on the team.
However, the loss of Garland is a tad more concerning.
He is an essential part of the team and will definitely be required for long-term success.
A left hamstring strain is the sort of injury that can linger for months if it isn’t properly addressed, so the team will need to do whatever it must to really heal Garland and help him move on.
The Cavaliers have big goals for 2023-24 and it will be hard to reach them if Garland isn’t feeling 100% healthy.