Update, Oct. 25 — Darius Garland is expected to play in Monday’s game at the Denver Nuggets. He missed his second straight game on Saturday night, where the Cavs defeated the Atlanta Hawks 101-95. Ricky Rubio had a solid performance in his place, putting up a team-high 23 points along with eight rebounds and six assists in the victory.
Garland should re-enter the starting lineup in place of Rubio. The Cavaliers are almost 10-point underdogs agains the Nuggets, but Garland’s return helps a bit in the backcourt. Sexton won’t be asked to score as much. Rubio off the bench is also a lot less desirably than Rubio as a starter. Still, we could see Rubio play at least 20-25 minutes.
Update, Oct. 23 — Darius Garland has already been ruled out again for Saturday’s game vs. the Atlanta Hawks. Garland was injured in the Cavs’ season opener against the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. He was held out of Cleveland’s 123-112 loss to the Hornets on Friday night and won’t play in the back-to-back. Rubio started in place of Garland on Friday night and should remain in the starting lineup against ATL.
Update, Oct. 22 — Garland has been ruled out for Friday’s game vs. the Hornets. With Garland out, the Cavaliers will likely lean on Collin Sexton in the back court along with Ricky Rubio, who should start at PG in place of Garland. Rubio makes for a decent value option in DFS formats and Sexton is a good tournament play in a strong game environment.
Cleveland Cavaliers G Darius Garland is questionable to play in Friday night’s game vs. the Charlotte Hornets due to an ankle injury. Garland suffered the injury during the team’s 132-121 season-opening loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
His feet got tangled up in the paint with Memphis forward Jaren Jackson Jr. The exact timetable for his return is unknown.
Here’s the Darius Garland injury. Stepped on his foot. pic.twitter.com/pkuuMvMVC3— MoreForYouCleveland (@MoreForYou_CLE) October 21, 2021
The point guard was heavily involved offensively in the stat sheet in Wednesday’s opener, putting up 13 points and 12 assists before exiting the game with the injury. The third-year lottery pick from Vanderbilt is looking to take another step forward this year like he did last year. During the 2020-21 campaign, he averaged 17.4 points on 45.1% shooting and 6.1 assists per game as a sophomore.
Fellow backcourt guard Collin Sexton would be an adequate replacement for Garland from a fantasy perspective as well as veteran Ricky Rubio, who would most like step into his place should he sit out on Friday. Rubio put up 12 points, 10 assists, and four rebounds in Wednesday’s opener.