Eddie Johnson: i have said for years that AAU has ruined the competitive spirit at the college and NBA level. Now we are seeing it and we can’t just blame the players. Grassroots basketball has to change by not allowing players from different states to play on the same team. @Sirius XM NBA #nba
January 23, 2022 | 7:08 am EST Update
The Cavs have their own injury concerns, especially with Lauri Markkanen suffering what sources believe is a high ankle sprain against the Thunder. Sources say X-rays taken were negative. But the organization is preparing to be without him for a while.
Cleveland Cavaliers starting small forward Lauri Markkanen suffered a sprained right ankle in the first half of Saturday night’s matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. Sources tell cleveland.com that X-rays taken on his ankle were negative. The sense is Markkanen has a high ankle sprain.
Eventually, he was assisted to the locker room by Cedi Osman and Dean Wade. Markkanen wasn’t able to put much weight on his leg and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game with a sprained ankle. A source tells cleveland.com that the Cavs did not examine Markkanen’s knee or Achilles.
Suns backup point guard Cameron Payne didn’t play in the second half of Saturday night’s 113-103 win against Indiana after injuring his right wrist in the first half. Payne was shaking and holding his right hand and wrist after a basket with 1:20 left in the first quarter. He was fouled on the play by Pacers big Isaiah Jackson. Continuing to play, Payne finished with seven points on 2-of-5 shooting and three assists in the first half as he left the game with 9:24 left in second quarter.
Then Jae Crowder immediately ran to the locker room holding his left wrist after scoring on a contested transition with 4:37 left in the third quarter that put the Suns up, 79-61, over the Pacers (17-30), who were coming off back-to-back road wins versus Lakers and Warriors. He didn’t return to the game as well as the Suns posted their eighth consecutive home sellout crowd of 17,071.