The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without a vital depth player for up to a month.
According to a team announcement, forward Dean Wade will be sidelined for 3 to 4 weeks due to a left shoulder AC joint injury. The team issued the following statement:
After suffering sprained left shoulder in the first half of Friday night’s victory over Orlando at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cavaliers forward Dean Wade will be sidelined for roughly 3–4 weeks. Post-game testing and imaging performed yesterday at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health determined an AC joint sprain. Wade will now go through a time of therapy and recovery, and his status will be updated as needed.
Wade suffered an injury during the first half of the Cavaliers’ victory over the Magic on Friday, as stated in the release. He got the game going until being replaced by Mamadi Diakite in the second half. Wade suffered a knee injury earlier in the season and was sidelined.
Head coach of the Cavaliers, J.B. When questioned about Wade’s condition, Bickerstaff responded that he had had a shoulder problem for a while.
Bickerstaff remarked, “He’s just been playing through it.” But then he was struck again, and it was simply too much.
The Cleveland rotation, which just got Kevin Love and Lamar Stevens back on Friday, is affected by this injury. Wade is a vital depth player committed to Cleveland with a three-year agreement before the season. He has played a career-high 24.1 minutes per night as a three and a four, starting games and coming off the bench. He averages 6.4 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field and 41.1% from three-point range for the season, in addition to 4.1 rebounds and one assist per game.
Look for Diakite, a versatile player, to continue playing for the Cavaliers rather than the Cleveland Charge while Wade is sidelined. Expect Stevens to continue playing for the foreseeable future as well.