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Darius Garland leaves Cleveland Cavaliers’ season opener with eye injury

Garland was replaced by Cedi Osman.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Darius Garland, according to the Cleveland Cavaliers, will not return on Wednesday night due to a left eye injury.

Garland, the Cavs’ All-Star starting point guard, was injured in the second quarter when Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. poked him in the eye while pressuring him the backcourt. Garland went down immediately, laying face down on the court for a few moments before going back to the locker room.

Prior to halftime. the team said that the would not return and was being evaluated. Cedi Osman replaced him in the lineup.

It’s not unclear what the extent of Garland’s injury is, so it’s not right to speculate it on here. This, though, is a bummer as it’s the season opener and the first time all four of Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen had all been able to play together. Those four getting appropriate time to gel.

In the opening night of the season, Garland was 2-8 from the field for four points. He also had three assists, two steals and five turnovers.