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.
Darius Garland will not return to tonight's game against Toronto after getting hit in the left eye by Gary Trent Jr.— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) October 20, 2022
Cavs say he is currently being evaluated by team trainers & doctors.
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.