Cedi Osman’s ankle sprain isn’t believed to be serious, but it will cause him to miss at least one game.
At Monday’s practice, head coach Larry Drew said that Osman, who sprained his ankle in the second quarter against the Mavericks on Saturday, would be inactive for Tuesday’s home game against the Celtics.
“Cedi will not be available tomorrow,” Drew said. “As you guys know, he did turn his ankle in our last game and he will not be available for tomorrow. But he is being treated and we’ll see how he is day by day.”
This is likely the right move, as there’s no need to have Osman playing if he’s not 100 percent. And ankle injuries can take time to heal — just ask David Nwaba, who missed 18 games due to ankle sprain. The downside of Osman’s injury is that he’s been playing really well of late and it’s frustrating to see his progress halted.
Drew also said that Nwaba will play on Tuesday after returning on Saturday on a minutes restriction and that, despite being on the trade block, Alec Burks would play. As for Kevin Love, Drew ruled out Love for Tuesday’s game — as he did on Saturday. He also said that, to his knowledge, Love did not need to go back to New York City to visit his doctor before being cleared to play.
“He’s coming along,” Drew said when asked about Love. “He’s participating in all of the things that we’re doing, all the contact stuff that we’re doing. He’s moving up the floor very well. Right now, he’s day to day until we get total clearance.”
When asked if Love would play before the All-Star break, Drew said he “did not know,” but hoped that Love will. Including Tuesday, the Cavs have five games left before the break.