The Cleveland Cavaliers have been hit with the injury bug and it’s finally catching up with them. Rookie Evan Mobley sprained his right elbow last Monday in a loss to the Boston Celtics. The Cavs haven’t won since, losing the next three games.
Cavs head coach JB Bickerstaff on Tuesday addressed the progress of Evan Mobley’s injury.
Me too #Cavs JB Bickerstaff: “What could Evan Mobley do today in training?
Bickerstaff: “Uh a lot. ”
Me: “So, would you say he’s ahead of his recovery schedule?” “
Bickerstaff: “You will need to talk to our medical staff. “
– Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) 23 November 2021
At first it seemed like things were going well, but then he changes his tone a bit. It leaves a lot of people scratching their heads.
Cavs goaltender Collin Sexton has already missed most of the season and will be out for the rest of the year. Mobley’s injury made it even more difficult. Starting center Jarrett Allen also missed a few games recently due to illness (unrelated to COVID). This has taken a toll on the Cavs’ presence on the pitch in the last few games. However, Allen returned Monday night and looked like himself.
Jarrett Allen WORKS pic.twitter.com/zRhsQ4EPpp
– NBA TV (@NBATV) 23 November 2021
Allen posted 20 points and 15 rebounds on his return. They lost to Brooklyn, but were in the game late. Hopefully for Cleveland it’s a good sign. After all, the losing streak came against the Celtics, the two-time Nets and the Warriors.
A few weeks after the start of the season, the Cavs were the talking point of the NBA. They surprised a lot of people and were near the top of the Eastern Conference.
Unfortunately, injuries catch up with them. The Cavs are now 9-9 and are in the middle of a four-game losing streak. They fell to 10th place in the East. Things aren’t going to get any easier as Cleveland faces the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.