Os­man joins Cavs’ grow­ing list of in­jured

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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.

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