Cleveland Cavaliers star Evan Mobley will be out for 1-2 weeks with a right ankle sprain. announced on Monday. Such a schedule would presumably keep Mobley from missing much of the preseason, but bring him back to the start of the regular season.
The league kicks off in 15 days on October 18, but the Cavaliers won’t play their first game until the evening of October 19. If Mobley misses the game in Toronto, Cleveland won’t play again until October. 22, so theoretically he could recover in 19 days and still miss just one regular season game.
Mobley’s health is essential to the Cavaliers as they look to take the next step towards the championship this season. A season ago, he nearly won Rookie of the Year when the Cavaliers unexpectedly made the postseason play-in. With Donovan Mitchell joining the team in a blockbuster trade, Cleveland is looking to be in at least the top six playoff teams.
But Mobley suffered several injuries last season, including a sprained elbow and another ankle injury. No one kept him for long, and he ended up playing in 69 of Cleveland’s 82 regular season games. There’s no immediate reason to fear a major injury here, but the Cavaliers are taking extra care with such high stakes this season. Mobley has a chance to enter the All-Star conversation for a competitive Cavaliers team if he stays healthy, so making sure this injury doesn’t drag on will be paramount for the Cavaliers in the coming weeks.