Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley was ruled out of the comeback against the Orlando Magic on Monday with a sprained left ankle, the team announced.
Mobley was injured midway through the second quarter. His left ankle appeared to land on Magic rookie Franz Wagner’s foot after he tried to challenge his shot. He appeared to be in immediate pain and eventually left the pitch hobbling.
He finished with six points and three rebounds in 13 minutes of work.
The third choice was able to limp back into the locker room but was visibly uncomfortable. Cavaliers head coach JB Bickerstaff did not provide an update on Mobley after the game, but it was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski X-rays of the injury were negative.
Evan Mobley heads to the locker room after suffering a frightening ankle roll. pic.twitter.com/HZteTt7kzt
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) March 28, 2022
Mobley’s loss will have a huge impact on the Cavaliers as long as he’s out of the lineup. He’s helped anchor the Cavaliers’ defense all season and is a huge reason why they rank fourth in efficiency at this end of the field.
“I think he rode pretty well,” Kevin Love said. “Hopefully he comes back sooner rather than later. It definitely gutted us to lose Evan, be it for one game, two games, three games. We just have to keep fighting and hope he recovers quickly. and that he can be back with us because he means so much to the team.
Mobley, in 67 games, is averaging 14.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 blocks. He leads all freshmen in rebounds and blocks while fifth in points. He needs one more point to become the eighth rookie in team history to reach at least 1,000 points.
The 7-footer is considered by many to be the favorite to win Rookie of the Year after a sensational first year with the Cavaliers. The team will certainly hold their breath that the injury is not significant and that their cornerstone of the franchise will miss minimal time.
This post originally appeared on rookie thread! follow us on Facebook!