Cavs’ Nance Jr. sprains ankle; Taylor has stress fracture

Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. is hoping to replace the injured Tristan Thompson with some scrappy interior play of his own.

With less than a week to go before the regular season, Cavaliers forward/center Larry Nance Jr. and point guard Isaiah Taylor are on the mend.

Nance Jr. sprained his right ankle at practice Thursday before the team departed for its preseason finale Friday against the Detroit Pistons at Michigan State. He will undergo treatment for the next few days and the Cavs will take it from there.

There is no official word on how much time he might miss.

Taylor’s situation appears to be a little worse. The offseason free-agent signee is the team’s third-string point guard (behind George Hill and Collin Sexton), and Taylor underwent an MRI after experiencing some pain in his lower left leg.

The results revealed a stress fracture and Taylor is out for at least week. After that, he’ll be reevaluated.

Nance Jr. was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 8. He is a native of Akron. Taylor signed Aug. 9 after spending last season with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavs open the season Wednesday at Toronto.