Cavs’ Wade Out With Shoulder Injury

Dean Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2019
Dean Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2019. Erik Drost on Flickr via Wikipedia.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dean Wade has been sidelined for up to a month after injuring his left shoulder during the Cavs’ 107-96 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Wade spent 10 minutes on the court before spraining his shoulder. He had to exit the game immediately as a result of his injury. Following the game, the 26-year-old player underwent a series of imaging tests which confirmed that he had suffered an AC joint sprain.

Before going off injured against Orlando, Wade had racked up an average of 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game. With the Cavs already struggling with a series of injury issues, Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has called on Wade to start nine games this season.

Joining Wade on the sidelines as the Cavs face the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday is All-Star center Jarrett Allen, who missed Sunday’s 92-81 loss against the New York Knicks. This is the fifth straight game that the center has missed out on due to a back injury.

Currently, Cleveland sits in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 15-9 record despite the ongoing injury crisis.