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The Cleveland Cavaliers will continue to be shorthanded for a while longer, but the news could have been much worse.
Point guard George Hill went down with a left-ankle injury in the 107-102 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. The team announced Saturday that the injury is a sprain. He, along with Kyle Korver (right foot soreness) are both listed as out for the game against the Dallas Mavericks o Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
The release from the team read:
George Hill left last night’s game in the second half with a left ankle injury and did not return to play. Additional evaluation and an MRI today at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health confirmed a left ankle sprain. He is Out for tomorrow night’s game vs. Dallas and will now undergo a period of treatment and rehabilitation for the injury with his status being updated as appropriate.
Hill went down at the 6:22 mark of the third quarter Friday night when he stepped on the foot of New Orleans point guard Rajon Rondo on a drive to the hoop. He walked off the floor and to the locker room, though with assistance, and there was concern the injury could’ve been worse than an ankle sprain.
Jose Calderon stepped in and the Cavaliers outscored the Pelicans by 15 points in the 14 minutes he was on the floor to record the win. He will likely be in the starting lineup against the Mavericks on Sunday night. Cleveland (46-30) is 21-9 in games Calderon starts this season.
Korver has not played since March 19. His younger brother, Kirk, died the next day and Kyle was away from the team for a week as the family tended to his services. His right foot was sore previously, so now he’s working on gettin himself back into game shape.