The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to be without Matthew Dellavedova for at least four weeks after it was confirmed today that the point guard has suffered a MCL sprain in his left knee.
Dellavedova's main assets come on the defensive side of the ball, offering crucial help off the bench in place of Kyrie Irving, and the Australian will be a miss over the coming weeks especially considering Cleveland's initial struggles on defense this season.
Missing a key role player is not the ideal situation for rookie NBA head coach David Blatt and with the best case scenario (four weeks out) suggesting that Dellavedova will miss at least 12 regular season games the Cavaliers roster will have to step up.
The Australian picked up the injury during the team's 101-82 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and has missed the past two games for Cleveland. The Cavaliers have already iven up over 100 points in four of their first five contests and would have liked to be able to keep all their players healthy early on so as to give the roster a chance to get to grips with new schemes.
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The bright note for Cavaliers fans is that at least their new 'big three' of Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love remain healthy.
But with 3 losses in their first five it is certainly not the start Cavaliers fans had hoped for following the return of their hero LeBron James this summer.
They will be hoping though that when Dellavedova comes back in December they will be in possession of a winning record.