The Las Vegas Summer League championship is still within reach. The Cleveland Cavaliers took out the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday afternoon and moved on to the next round in the totally nonsensical Summer League tournament. However, they suffered a loss in the form of a minor injury.
According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cavaliers will be playing the remainder of their Summer League games without center Tyler Zeller.
Tyler Zeller got 2 stitches on tip of left ring finger, will miss rest of summer league. He'll still compete in Olympic camp next week— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) July 19, 2013
During the game, I noticed that Zeller had taped up his finger, but thought little of it. Apparently he received stitches on it and will sit for the rest of these crucial tournament games.
Zeller split finger yesterday trying to block a dunk. Said he could play, but plan was for him to sit these last couple games anyway— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) July 19, 2013
Zeller's comments about being able to play and the fact that he'll still play in the Olympic camp mean that this is far from a serious injury. If he needed to, he would play. The fact of the matter is that Zeller is already a lock to make the actual roster and while Summer League is good practice, he doesn't need to be here. It's probably wise to sit him down and give his minutes to other guys that are fighting for a roster spot. His absence will provide more opportunities for guys like Kenny Kadji and Jared Berggren.