CAVS’s Garland’s eye sustains No Structural Damage

Garland injury
October 21, 2022

Darius Garland, a guard with the Cavaliers and an All-Star, was struck during Cleveland’s season-opening defeat in Toronto, but his left eye did not suffer any structural damage.


In the first quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Raptors, guard Gary Trent Jr. poked Garland while attempting to grab the ball.


The 22-year-old Garland was examined Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute after leaving the team. Before the team updated his condition, the Cavaliers stated he would be reassessed over the following two days.


Garland is probably going to miss Cleveland’s game against Chicago on Saturday. Sunday is the Cavaliers’ first home game against Washington.


Cavs head coach J.B. Before departing the squad, which trained in Canada before traveling to Chicago, Bickerstaff ran into Garland.


Garland’s eye, according to Bickerstaff, “does not look beautiful.” “When you get hit precisely in the middle of the eyelid and the eye, the eyeball becomes enlarged and bloodshot. Just pray for his recovery.


Garland was jabbed and fell to the ground. Lay for a while before being assisted to his feet and making a slow ascent to the dressing room. The Cavaliers suffered a 108-105 defeat without Garland for three quarters.


Garland played 13 minutes and produced four points and three assists. Donovan Mitchell, an All-Star acquired in a trade from Utah over the summer, was playing with him for the first time.


According to Bickerstaff, Garland has no eyesight issues that he is aware of.


He said, “But the eye is shut. “When your eye is closed, it’s difficult to see. But at this point, he can see whether he can keep his eye open.


Bickerstaff, who dealt with injuries most of last season, will have to change his starting lineup if Garland isn’t available for a few games. Raul Neto, a seasoned backup, is one of several possibilities open to Bickerstaff, and the outcome of his choice will probably depend on how the Cavaliers match up with their opponent.


Last season, Garland developed into one of the NBA’s top point guards, averaging 21.7 points and 8.6 assists while aiding the Cavaliers in winning 22 more games than they had the year before. In July, Cleveland inked him to a five-year, $193 million contract deal after he was selected as an All-Star for the first time.

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