Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Kyle Korver and shooting guard J.R. Smith missed Monday’s practice and could sit out Tuesday’s home game vs. the Charlotte Hornets.
Korver has a sore foot and Smith was out with an illness, as relayed by Cleveland.com.
The Cavs are already without Kevin Love (foot/toe), Sam Dekker (ankle), George Hill (shoulder) and Cedi Osman (back). Osman has been considered day-to-day but is it out Tuesday.
Korver has been linked to trade rumors all season, with specific reports centered on the Philadelphia 76ers.
Overall, the Cavaliers cannot seem to catch a break. With Smith and Korver potentially out, the Cavs are missing almost all the key veterans who were initially supposed to help the team compete, as opposed to tank.
Is there a plus side to the injuries? Maybe. The Cavs have been forced to alter their strategy and start Collin Sexton and more recently, Larry Nance Jr.
Nance has been struggling shooting the ball and can maybe play his way out of it. He scored just two points on 13 percent shooting against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday — though he did collect 14 rebounds and block four shots.
Sexton was practically the opposite, scoring 20 points on 50 percent from the field, giving the Cavs a chance to steal a win on the road.
The Cavaliers’ primary problem is that there seems to be a crisis in identity. Is Sexton a shooting guard? Or is he a point guard that doesn’t get many assists?
Either way, with Korver and Smith out, it will continue to force younger Cavs to step up. Newly acquired Andrew Harrison will most likely get some more time to learn where he fits on this roster. David Nwaba and Ante Zizic have also benefited from the injuries. It seems like it will be a long season for Cavalier fans, but new players are being developed for the future.
The question now is, what happens to the veterans?