It’s only the second day of 2015, and already the Cavs have gotten to a less-than happy new year. The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Thursday that LeBron James will miss two weeks with injuries to his knee and back.
The move comes at a time of struggle for the Cavs. They have lost three straight games, five of their last 10 and some controversy has surrounded head Coach David Blatt. They are currently in second place behind the Chicago Bulls in the Central Division with an 18-14 record.
James has never missed more than seven games in a season in his whole career, but with these injuries, he will have missed over 10 games even before the all-star break. The Cavs will miss his 25.2 points and 7.6 assists per game but are trying to stay positive through adversity.
"I think you got to look at this as a glass half full," said teammate Kevin Love. "I know that our best player is out, our leader is out, but it's a chance, an opportunity for other players to step up. Myself included."
Love is only averaging 16.7 points per game for Cleveland, after putting up 26.1 points with Minnesota last season.
"For us right now, we just have to keep feeding him," Kyrie Irving said. "We want him to shoot. We want him to continue to shoot. He's a great shooter and he's a great scorer. We both need to pick it up until Bron gets back and we need to hold the fort down as best we can and go out there and compete."
Irving will be another guy that will have to step up these next two weeks with James out. He is averaging 20.8 points per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field.
The Cavs have a rough schedule ahead of them without James. They have games at home against the Mavericks and Rockets, and also go on a five-game road trip, including games against the Warriors, Suns and Clippers—all of which are big threats in the Western Conference.