HOUSTON — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. is expected to miss approximately 2-4 weeks with a sprained right MCL.
Nance was injured in the first quarter of Tuesday’s loss against the Indiana Pacers and an MRI conducted Thursday confirmed the severity of the knee injury.
Nance made the trip to New Orleans with the team — the start of a six-game roadie that concludes on Jan. 19 — but did not play in Wednesday’s matchup.
Without crutches, Nance hobbled out of the visitor’s locker room late Wednesday night. He told cleveland.com that it was a worrisome non-contact injury to the same knee that had been surgically repaired while in college. While admitting he was still awaiting further evaluation, Nance said it wasn’t the same exact injury (torn right ACL) that once ended his junior season at Wyoming.
Nance, who signed a four-year, $45 million contract extension in October, is averaging 8.8 points and 7.5 rebounds. He’s third on the team in assists, behind backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova and Kevin Love.
With him sidelined, head coach Larry Drew will once again have to determine how to best navigate the loss of one of his bigs.
Tristan Thompson and Ante Zizic recently returned to Cleveland’s lineup. Love is still likely weeks away from a comeback as he continues to ramp up his basketball activities following surgery on his foot. Channing Frye started for Nance Wednesday.