The Cleveland Cavaliers continued to look like a team that’s been struggling mightily to start the 2013-14 NBA season on Wednesday night as they fell to the Washington Wizards by a score of 98-91. Kyrie Irving had another nice game and seems to be turning it on as of late, but the team, as a whole, lacked rhythm and seemed a bit discombobulate, a common theme for them this year.
The Cavs could be facing even more problems going forward as a result of this game with the Wizards. Early in the fourth quarter, after logging just three minutes for the night, Cavs shooting guard C.J. Miles went down with a leg injury which has now been diagnosed as a calf strain.
Miles has been one of the most consistent pieces in the Cavs’ offense this season. Mostly playing off of the bench before Dion Waiters’ recent string of DNPs, Miles is averaging 10.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game this season while shooting a solid 46 percent from the floor and an equally solid 37.3 percent from three.
More than just his raw numbers, though, Miles’ ability to knock down shots has been huge for a Cleveland team that hasn’t seen anyone on their roster, Irving included, knock down shots on a consistent basis.
This injury to Miles seems minor and I would venture to guess that him not coming back against Washington was more precautionary than anything. However, if this does end up being something that lingers around for a bit, it could put the Cavs in a really tough spot. This team still has the potential to be a playoff team in the East, but they need to start turning things around relatively soon. If Miles is going to miss a stretch of games, turning things around is going to be much harder than it would otherwise be.