Isaac Okoro will miss his fourth straight game when the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. Okoro, who is dealing with left knee soreness, is listed as out on the team’s latest injury report.
He has not played since hitting a game-winning three-pointers on March 26 when he played nine minutes in a Cavs win against the Houston Rockets.
On Sunday, Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that he wasn’t sure if Okoro would be ready to go when the playoffs start in just under two weeks. Per cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, Okoro has not practiced since then either.
“I don’t have an answer right now to be honest with you,” Bickerstaff said. “We are trying to progress him. We’ll see what happens. We’ve always got to do what’s right by him.”
The plan, Bickerstaff says, is to get Okoro to a “place of comfort and safety.”
“We need to get him to a place better than he was,” he said. “If Isaac doesn’t play, it’s because he’s in real discomfort. We’ve got to make sure we’re taking the steps to get him to a place of comfort and safety. That’s more important. It’s something we’re just monitoring every day and hopefully he continues to improve.”
The Cavs went with Dean Wade in Okoro’s place on Sunday after using Lamar Stevens in the previous two games.
For the season, Okoro has played in 76 games (46 starts) with averages of 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He’s shooting a career-best 36.3% from three. Before this injury, he had played in every game this season.