Osman joins Cavs’ growing list of injured
Cleveland, which already has the worst record in the NBA at 1-10, will be without yet another starter Saturday night in Chicago after forward Cedi Osman was ruled out with back spasms.
He’s the latest Cavs player to join an injury list that includes All-Star forward Kevin Love, point guard George Hill and Sam Dekker, who began the season as a reserve but moved into the starting lineup because of all the injuries. Throw in a coaching change, some off-court drama and this Cleveland season is sinking fast.
Osman was forced to leave Wednesday’s loss to Oklahoma City in the first quarter, and the Cavs were hoping rest would allow him to face the Bulls. However, coach Larry Drew said Osman will sit out against the Bulls “and we’ll see how he is after the game tomorrow.”
The rash of injuries has put even greater stress on Drew, who took over after Tyronn Lue was fired following a 0-6 start.
With healthy bodies dwindling, the Cavs signed guard Andrew Harrison to a two-way contract. Warriors: Stephen Curry has a mild to moderate left groin strain and will miss Golden State’s home game against Brooklyn on Saturday night. Curry underwent an MRI exam but the Warriors will wait a few days to determine the severity of the injury. Coach Steve Kerr said it doesn’t appear to be significant. Fellow All-Star Draymond Green also will miss Saturday’s game, the second straight game that he’ll be sidelined by a sprained right foot and toe. Key reserve guard Shaun Livingston missed his sixth straight game and eighth in the last 10 with a sore right foot, but was able to do some scrimmaging Friday.
Nuggets: Forward Will Barton is starting to take a few shots as he recovers from surgery to fix core and hip muscle injuries. There is no timetable for his return. Barton, 27, was carted off the floor Oct. 20 after he said he felt something pop when he took off for the basket. He had surgery days later.
Magic 117, Wizards 108: Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds and D.J. Augustin came up with big plays in the final two minutes to help the Orlando win at home. Augustin had six points, an assist and a steal after Washington cut a 25-point deficit to one at 106-105 with 2:30 remaining.
Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier, left, makes a shot in front of Washington Wizards' Jeff Green during an NBA basketball game Friday in Orlando.