Collin Sexton will remain the Cavs’ starting point guard for a little bit longer.
According ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, George Hill will miss the next two weeks with sprained right shoulder. Hill was a late scratch for the Cavs’ game on Wednesday against the Thunder due to what the team said was shoulder soreness.
Another tough blow for 1-10 Cleveland: Point guard George Hill will miss two weeks with a sprained right shoulder, league sources tell ESPN. First-round pick Collin Sexton will continue to get the opportunity to start.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 9, 2018
Sexton played well in his first start, scoring a team-high 15 points on 7-14 shooting to go along with one assist. He wasn’t perfect, but it was step forward for him after a few underwhelming performances.
Losing Hill isn’t good for the Cavs, as he’s a veteran leader and can play off of Sexton. And not unlike Baker Mayfield starting only after Tyrod Taylor got hurt, it’s not ideal that a rookie gets put into the starting lineup due to an injury. But that is the hand the Cavs have been dealt and now they have to roll with it.
It’s also unclear at this time if Sexton will remain the starter when Hill gets back. It’s likely to early to say. But if Sexton continues to play well while Hill is out, Hill may not have a starting job to come back to, or at least one that doesn’t have him playing next to Sexton.
Update: Nov. 8, 9:28 p.m.
The Cavs issued a statement saying that Hill will be out 1-2 weeks with a right shoulder sprain.