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Iman Shumpert Out 12-14 Weeks

Injuries were a big part of the story of how the Cleveland Cavaliers ended last season, and they appear to be a big part of the start of this season. Iman Shumpert is out for 12-14 weeks with a broken wrist, per Chris Haynes, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

The Cavaliers official website at NBA.com, reports:

The extent of the injury was confirmed by MRI at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health yesterday by Dr. Thomas Graham and Dr. Richard Parker. Shumpert will have surgery to repair his wrist Wednesday at Cleveland Clinic. His return to play is currently projected to be 12 to 14 weeks.

Shumpert hurt his wrist last week:

And in the standard response to such things, David Blatt, Cavaliers head coach doesn’t expect it to affect the team:

As injuries go, this isn’t devastating, but Shumpert’s loss will be felt. It never makes sense to argue that a player won’t be missed because it’s akin to arguing that he has no value. Shumpert isn’t the greatest offensive player on the Cavs, but he is an important wing defender. According to NBA.com/Stats, the Cavs’ defensive rating was 98.9 with him on the court last year, and a beefy 104.6 when he wasn’t.

In addition, LeBron James, less burdened by the defense with Shumpert’s capable help, was more effective scoring. His true shooting percentage rose from 55.8 to 59.2 while sharing the court with Shump.

When you couple the loss of Shumpert with the uncertainty surrounding when starting point guard Kyrie Irving will return, and rising star Tristan Thompson still unsigned, it’s not the best way to start the season. James will have to bear more of the onus on the offensive and defensive ends until he get his backcourt back.

Still the Cavs have James and an incredibly deep roster, so it’s not panic time in Cleveland.

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