Cavs’ Windler out 4-6 weeks with ankle injury

Cavaliers forward Dylan Windler will miss approximately 4-6 weeks after a recent platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection was received to help treat his right ankle, the team announced Wednesday.

Windler, 26, missed 12 of the team’s 13 games with a sprained right ankle injury and has not appeared in a game this season.

According to the team, Windler’s ankle will be stabilized in a walking cast, after which a new therapy plan will be established to determine the next steps in his return to basketball activities. His status will be updated as appropriate.

Windler, the 26th overall pick in the 2019 draft, has battled injuries during his time with the Cavs. He missed his entire rookie season with a left lower leg stress reaction. The following season Windler missed a month with a broken left wrist, and in April 2021, Windler had surgery on his left knee that caused him to miss the rest of the season. 

Last season, in 50 games, Windler averaged 2.2 points in 9.2 minutes of action.

Cavs’ Love: ‘It gutted us to lose Evan(Mobley)’

The Cavaliers hoped to break a three-game losing streak as they hosted the Orlando Magic Monday night.

Cleveland had their largest lead of 20 points in the second quarter, but the Magic would grab the lead in the third. However, the Cavs would pull away in the fourth and win 107-101 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The seventh-seeded Cavs(42-33) snap their three-game losing streak and remain one game behind the sixth-seeded Raptors(43-32), who beat the Celtics in OT Monday night, and the fifth–seeded Bulls(43-32), who fell to the Knicks last night.

Cleveland has now clinched a winning season for the first time since 2018 and for the first time since 1998 without LeBron James.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over the Magic.

The Great for the Cavs:

-Darius Garland had game-highs of 25 points and 12 assists to go along with three steals, and he took over late in the fourth. Cleveland led 95-92 with under four minutes to go, and Garland hit a floater, made a three, and assisted on an alley-oop dunk from Lauri Markkanen to put the Cavs up 102-92 with just over a minute left in the game. This was Garland”s 10th double-double in the month of March.

-Kevin Love came off the bench and got things done for Cleveland. Love scored 14 of his 19 points in the second quarter, including three of his four made threes. At one point, he scored eight straight for the Cavs in the second. Love, who added seven rebounds and three assists, leads Cleveland with 164 threes made this season.

-Lauri Markkanen had 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and gave the Cavs the lead for good with three at the 4:37 mark of the fourth.

-Dylan Windler spent more time in the G League than the NBA this season, but he took advantage of his opportunity Monday night. Windler had six points and nine rebounds, and he was on the court for the final 5-plus minutes of the game. He also won the “Junkyard Dog” award.

The First 3:49 of the Second Quarter: Cleveland began the second quarter on an 18-3 run to take a 20-point lead(largest of the game). During that run, Love had eight points, and Garland added five. However, the Magic would outscore the Cavs 28-15 the rest of the quarter, and Cleveland would lead 60-53 at the break.

The Not So Great for the Cavs:

Evan Mobley left in the second quarter and did not return after spraining his left ankle. The injury did not look good as Mobley had a noticeable limp, but hopefully, it’s not too serious. The Cavs can’t afford to be without two of the anchors of their defense in Mobley and Jarret Allen.

According ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the X-Rays on Mobley’s sprained left ankle were negative. 

Turnovers:  Cleveland had 15 turnovers, which led to 27 points for Orlando.

Bottom Line:

The Cavs got a win, which is all that matters. It wasn’t their best effort, but again, it’s a win. Now, hopefully, they won’t be without Mobley for too long. They took an emotional hit when the Rookie-of-the-Year favorite went down, which they acknowledged post game. 

This team has fought injuries all year long, and at this point, they are still standing. 

Now, they have to find a will and a way to get that sixth seed with seven games left in the regular season to avoid the Play-in Tournament. 

Quotes:

“It gutted us to lose Evan, whether it’s for a game, two games, three games, or whatever it may be,” Love said post-game.

What’s Next:

Cleveland concludes their three-game homestand Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

Best of the Rest:

-The Magic had seven players in double figures as Wendell Carter Jr. led the way with a team-high 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

-Isaac Okoro added 11 points for the Cavs.

-Before the game, the Cavaliers announced that forward Dean Wade, who missed the previous seven games dating back to March 14th, underwent successful surgery to treat ongoing issues with the meniscus in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

 In addition, the team announced that guard Rajon Rondo (Right Ankle Sprain) and Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen (Left 3rd Finger Fracture) remain out.

Watch below as Garland reacts to win over the Magic:

 

Cavs sign Malik Newman to 10-day contract

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Malik Newman to a 10-day contract via the NBA’s hardship exception, the team announced Wednesday.

Newman (6-3, 190), 24, has appeared in 13 games (4 starts) this season for the Cleveland Charge, the Cavaliers’ exclusively owned and operated NBA G League affiliate, averaging 17.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 27.3 minutes per contest.

Newman has appeared in 77 total games for the Charge during his career, appearing in 25 games in 2018-19 and 39 games (31 starts) during 2019-20 in addition to this season. Newman has played in one career NBA game for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2019-20 season after receiving a 10-day contract.  

Currently, Cleveland has five players in health and safety protocols: Jarrett Allen, Ed Davis, Darius Garland, Lamar Stevens, Dylan Windler.

Cavs’ Allen: ‘We’re having fun and we’re playing the right way’

Coming off a 3-2 road trip, the Cleveland Cavaliers were happy to be back at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Wednesday night against the Blazers(3-5).

Cleveland led by as many as 11 points in the fourth. However, Portland cut it to one with over eight minutes left.  The Cavaliers never surrendered the lead and survived after Damian Lillard missed a game-tying three at the buzzer to defeat Portland 107-104 for their second straight win.

After starting 0-2, Cleveland(5-4) has won five of their last seven.

The Cavs had six players in double figures for the second game in the row.

Here is the Great, Not the Great, and Bottom Line of Cleveland’s win over the Blazers.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Jarrett Allen again was huge for the Cavaliers. He had team-highs in points(24) and rebounds(17). Allen made plays in the paint and scored eight straight points for the Cavs in the fourth after the Blazers cut the lead to one.

Allen had 24 points and 16 rebounds against Charlotte on Monday night.

-Darius Garland had a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists. The third-year guard was 5/6 from three-point range. Cleveland had 29 assists on Wednesday night

-Evan Mobley recorded his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. According to the Cavs, Mobley became just the fifth Cavs rookie since 2002-03 to accomplish that feat. In addition, Mobley had a block, and it was a big block on Lillard late in the fourth quarter.

Mobley is the only rookie with three double-doubles this season.

-Collin Sexton, the team’s leading scorer, had an efficient night as he went 8/13 from the field and finished 21 points.

-Cleveland shot 53% from the field and 15-30 from downtown on Wednesday night, both season-highs. 

-Dylan Windler and Cedi Osman were huge off the Cavs’ bench. Windler had 13 points, including 3/3 from three-point range, while Osman added 12 points with four threes.

Not so Great for the Cavaliers:

Cleveland had 19 turnovers on Wednesday night, which led to 31 Blazer points. 

Bottom Line:

The Cavaliers may have turned the corner after starting the season 0-2. The five-game road trip has given this team a lot of confidence. Without Lauri Markkanen(Health & Safety Protocols), Kevin Love(Health & Safety Protocols), and Isaac Okoro(hamstring), other players stepped up. Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has the team playing with much energy and effort.

“We’re having fun and we’re playing the right way,” Allen said. “We’re just going out and playing basketball together.”

What’s Next:

Cleveland goes back on the road to battle the Raptors on Friday night.

Best of the Rest:

Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 26 points on 10/27 shooting; Norman Powell scored 23 points, and C.J. McCollum added 21 points.

Sexton, Garland, and Allen react to win over Blazers:

Cavaliers exercise contract options on Sexton, Garland, Porter Jr., Windler

The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised the fourth-year (2021-22) contract option on Collin Sexton, and the third-year (2021-22) options on Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr, Dylan Windler, the team announced on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old Sexton started in all 65 games for Cleveland last season, averaging a team-best 20.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 steal in 33.0 minutes. He joined LeBron James and Kyrie Irving as the only Cavaliers to average 20.0 points in a season before age 22. Sexton also had the third-highest scoring average among second-year players in 2019-20, behind only Trae Young (29.6) and Luka Doncic (28.8), and was one of just two Eastern Conference players last season (six in NBA) who averaged at least 20.0 points with a .470 mark from the field and a .840 clip from the foul line (Khris Middleton). Sexton was the 8th overall pick by Cleveland in the 2018 NBA Draft. 

Garland, 20, was the 5th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, was the only NBA rookie in 2019-20 with at least 700 points, 225 assists, and 100 three-pointers. Over his 59 appearances (all starts) last season, Garland averaged 12.3 points and 3.9 assists in 30.9 minutes. He ranked second among all rookies in assists per game, behind only Memphis guard Ja Morant. 

The 20-year-old Porter Jr. was the 30th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by Milwaukee, was acquired by the Cavaliers in a trade with Detroit on June 26, 2019. Porter played in 50 games (three starts) with the Cavaliers last season, averaging 10.0 points (12th among rookies), 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists (7th among rookies), and 0.92 steals (4th among rookies) in 23.2 minutes. Porter has had his share of issues of the court, including being arrested with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle back in November. Ultimately, the charges were dismissed. Porter Jr. has been away from Cavaliers training camp due to personal issues.

Windler, 24, missed the entire 2019-20 regular season due to a left lower leg stress reaction, was the No. 26 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Cavaliers after a four-year career at Belmont. 

Cavaliers begin their season on Wednesday when they host the Charlotte Hornets.