The Cavaliers season begins in fifteen days, but they will be without their young center, Evan Mobley, for around 14 of them. According to reports, he injured his ankle during practice on Saturday. Rumor is he stepped on a teammate’s foot. Chris Fedor had the news.
#Cavs youngster Evan Mobley will not play Wednesday night because of a right ankle sprain. He will be out 1-2 weeks. Sources tell me he stepped on a player’s foot at practice.
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) October 3, 2022
Here’s the official release by the club:
Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley will miss Wednesday night’s game at Philadelphia due to a right ankle sprain and will remain out approximately 1-2 weeks. Imaging taken at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health confirmed the injury. Mobley will undergo a period of treatment and rehabilitation and his status will be updated as appropriate.
The Cavaliers have four preseason games with the first one this Wednesday in Philadelphia. If he is out for 14 days, then his first game back could be the opening game of the season in Toronto on October 19th.
Mobley’s Rookie Year
Mobley, the 6’11” center entering his second year out of USC, had an outstanding season last year, finishing second in the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, nearly defeating Scottie Barnes with the Raptors. Cleveland drafted him in the first round in 2021 with their first pick, the third overall.
He averaged 15.0 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, and 1.7 blocks last year as the Cavaliers made the playoff play-in game last season.
Photo: Courtesy of cavaliersnation.com
Mobley had some minor injuries last year. He missed time with an elbow injury and a problem with his ankle. He still was able to play in 69 of the Cavaliers 82 regular season games.
Mobley’s Sophomore Year
Cavaliers coach, Bernie Bickerstaff, shared his thoughts on his second year center during media day:
“He can stuff the stat sheet in every category, that’s our expectation for him. We want him eventually — and hopefully it’s this year — to be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. We believe he has that type of ability and can have that type of impact on the floor.”
With the addition of Donovan Mitchell and Evan’s commitment to improve his free throw and three point shooting this off-season, the Cavaliers are hoping for big things from this young team!
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