Cavaliers to open season without Jarrett Allen and Garland

Cavaliers to open season without Jarrett Allen and Garland

The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the new 2023-24 NBA season against the Brooklyn Nets with center Jarrett Allen out for Week 1 with a sprained ankle. Darius Garland was placed on the daily rest list and will likely play in the new season opener.

Allen sprained his ankle during practice in the first week of October and was diagnosed with a left ankle bone contusion. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Garland did not play in the Cavaliers' final preseason game last Friday due to rest, but is expected to play in the new season opener as he is injury-free.

Dean Wade also missed Monday's practice with an illness, but he will likely play in Wednesday's opener in Brooklyn.

Ricky Rubio will remain out for the foreseeable future after taking some time off to focus on his mental health.

The Cavaliers are entering a pivotal season after bringing in Donovan Mitchell last summer. Mitchell's contract was not extended this summer, so if the Cavaliers don't have any success, they could be without their best player.

Cleveland's young core, including Evan Mobley, also needs to take the next step. Mobley proved last season that he can be a great defensive player, but he needs to be a better offensive player to help Mitchell and Garland.

The Cavaliers will open the season on Wednesday against the Nets at Barclays Center.


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