In the Middle of a Tight Seeding Race, Cavs Lose Evan Mobley for Three Games

The Cleveland Cavaliers have announced that big man Evan Mobley will have to take some games off.

The rookie suffered an ankle sprain earlier this week, and he will not travel with the team on their upcoming three-game road trip. The Cavaliers are set to play the Mavericks, Hawks, and Knicks before returning home to face the Philadelphia 76ers.

Currently sitting in the 7th seed just 1.5 games out from the Chicago Bulls’ 5th seed, this is major news for a Cavs team hoping to squeeze their way out of the Play-In Tournament. The Cavs have already been missing All-Star center and defensive anchor Jarrett Allen since March 6th due to a finger injury, and Mobley’s absence now means both starting frontcourt players will be out of the rotation.

The 3rd overall pick of the 2021 draft, Mobley has strung together a ROY campaign behind 14.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. He has started all 67 games he’s appeared in for the Cavaliers, and there is no question his injury will make life that much harder on a Cleveland squad that has gone 7-10 since the All-Star break.

As for the Bulls and Raptors, this could eventually prove to be all they need to lock in the final two sure-fire playoff spots with less than two weeks to go in the regular season. We’ll see.

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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