The Cavaliers won’t have power forward Sam Dekker tonight at Quicken Loans Arena, but the Oklahoma City Thunder will be without 2016-17 league MVP Russell Westbrook.
The Cavs announced Tuesday that Dekker will be out two to four weeks due to a sprained left ankle suffered in the third quarter Monday in Orlando, where Cleveland blew a late lead and lost 102-100.
Dekker had been starting for All-Star Kevin Love, who will miss at least six weeks following surgery on his left big toe. Acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in August, Dekker is averaging 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds.
His injury could free some playing time for second-year center Ante Zizic, who has yet to play meaningful minutes for the Cavs, who are an NBA-worst 1-9.
Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double in 2016-17, got hurt Monday in the third quarter of a 122-116 win over New Orleans. The point guard, who finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, came down hard on the left side of his foot and pounded the floor in frustration before limping off the court.
Oklahoma City wants to see how Westbrook responds to treatment over the next few days before providing a further update on his status.
Westbrook did not play in the preseason and missed the first two games of the regular season after having a procedure done on his right knee. He is averaging 24.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists in seven games.
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