Darius Garland Eye Injury Update
Darius Garland sustained an eye injury in Cleveland’s season-opening defeat to Toronto, and he has not yet fully recovered. He has already missed three consecutive games, and when the Cavaliers play the Celtics on Friday, he is expected to miss a fourth. Garland, the No. 5 overall choice in the 2019 NBA Draft, established himself as one of the league’s top young players last year. He not only averaged career-highs of 21.7 points and 8.6 assists per game, but he also was chosen for his first All-Star game.
What Happened To Darius Garland Eye?
Garland has a left eye laceration and is labelled as out on the injury report. Garland was hurt on October 19, 2022, during the second quarter of Cleveland’s loss to Toronto. Gary Trent Jr. of the Raptors accidentally struck him in the face while attempting to intercept an inbounds pass. Garland lingered on the floor for a while before needing assistance getting up and moving slowly toward the locker room. He left the game and never came back.
“He’s got a laceration on the inside of his eyelid,” said Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. “Obviously it’s an uncomfortable spot with all the things he has to do.
“His head was clear, and all those things, but he was cut and bleeding pretty bad from the inside of his eyelid.”
Darius Garland Eye Injury
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports that Garland did not sustain any structural damage and is not in need of surgery. Garland has subsequently been excluded from the return, which he was reportedly aiming for on Friday against the Celtics. As of Wednesday, Garland’s eye still seemed to be highly swollen. The Cavaliers will return to Cleveland to play the Knicks (Oct. 30) and Celtics (Nov. 2). They will then embark on a five-game road trip that’ll see them face the Pistons (Nov. 4), Lakers (Nov. 6), Clippers (Nov. 7), Kings (Nov. 9) and Warriors (Nov. 11).
In the 2021–22 season, Garland participated in 68 of a possible 82 games. Without him, the Cavaliers finished 7-7.
Darius Garland Career Stats
17.3 points per game
6.3 assists per game
2.6 rebounds per game
1.1 steals per game
3.1 turnovers per game
33.3 minutes per game
44.2 percent field goal shooting
37.8 percent 3-point shooting
87.6 percent free throw shooting
Darius Garland Will Return To The Game
On Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers received some excellent news when they learned that standout guard Darius Garland will be returning. When Cleveland (5-1) plays the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, they will need him (4-2). Garland’s eye ailment caused him to miss five games. Since being poked in the eye during the opening game of the season against the Toronto Raptors, he has been resting.
Even though the season has only had six games, the Cavaliers should be satisfied with their performance. Cleveland is one game behind the Milwaukee Bucks for second place in the Eastern Conference (6-0).
Cleveland has a chance to win the Eastern Conference if Garland can bounce back and perform the way he has throughout his career. Mitchell and Garland will still need to establish a bond. The pair might still have trouble considering how little time they spent together in the first game, less than 20 minutes. Cleveland will be difficult to defeat if they can figure it out quickly. However, there is no rush. They will have plenty of time to complete this.
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