The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today that guard Matthew Dellavedova will be out four-to-six weeks with an MLC sprain in his left knee. Dellavedova suffered the injury against the Portland Trail Blazers and returned to Cleveland as the Cavs finished their West Coast road trip. The timetable for Dellavedova's recovery means he will return, at the earliest, in early December.
The Cavs also announced that guard Dion Waiters is questionable for Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans due a lower back contusion suffered in Cleveland's win vs. the Denver Nuggets. While the team said in the update that Waiters' injury occurred in the second quarter, it is possible that Waiters suffered the injury when he was fouled hard by Denver's Darrell Arthur while driving to the rim at the end of the first quarter. Upon review, Arthur was ejected from the game for committing a flagrant 2 foul. Per NBA Policy, he was suspended for one game. After the foul, Waiters was clearly shaken up.
If Waiters is unable to go, it would leave the Cavs' second unit short on playmaking. It may mean that Kyrie Irving and LeBron James could see their minutes staggered more to give bench-heavy units a lead ball handler. It may also mean an increase in playing time for swingman Mike Miller, who has averaged 13.2 minutes per game this season.