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. Drew’s had to adjust his starting lineup and rotation several times already this season, and now he’s going to have to do it again.
With healthy bodies dwindling, the Cavs signed guard Andrew Harrison to a two-way contract. The 6-foot- 6 Harrison made 64 starts over the past two seasons for Memphis. but the Warriors will wait a few days to fully 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. He will have to do that several times before Kerr is ready to put him back on the floor in a game. 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.