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The Cavaliers’ Dream Start to the Season Just Came to a Screeching Halt Thanks to a Devastating Injury Blow

What does it mean for Cleveland’s future?

The “cleveland cavaliers lottery odds” is a team that has had a very good start to the season. They have won 8 games and lost 2. However, they just suffered a devastating injury blow and their season might be over.

Through the first few weeks of the new season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been the NBA’s biggest surprise. The upstart Cavs have opened the season 7-4 and are right in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff battle after going 60-159 in the previous three years.

But it may not last much longer, as Cleveland has already lost fourth-year player Collin Sexton to a horrific injury.

To begin the season, Collin Sexton had the Cavaliers riding high.

Cavaliers point guard Collin Sexton has suffered a torn meniscus. The Portland Trail Blazers’ Robert Covington defends the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton | Getty Images/Jason Miller

By early November, the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Atlanta Hawks had all started the season with a 4-6 record, but the Cavaliers’ 7-4 start could be an even more surprise tale in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland has won four consecutive games to take over sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, defeating three straight playoff teams from last season in the Hawks, Denver Nuggets, and Los Angeles Clippers.

To begin the season, the Cavaliers have relied on a whole team effort. Eight players on the roster average at least 9.3 points per game, while 11 others play at least 10 minutes each game.

Collin Sexton, 22, has been leading the way from the outset. Despite being one of the squad’s youngest players, Sexton leads the team in points per game (16.0), and he’s unexpectedly been one of the team’s emotional leaders.

Unfortunately for Sexton and the Cavs, he may have just played his last game for the time being.

Collin Sexton rips his meniscus, which is a catastrophic setback for the Cavaliers.

Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers has a torn meniscus in his left knee, according to the organization. No date for a comeback has been set, and further testing is expected, but Sexton is expected to miss a significant amount of time for the 7-4 Cavaliers.

November 8, 2021 — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

On Sunday, the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in what was likely their most dominant victory of the season, but Sexton went down with an injury. Cavs supporters got heartbreaking news the following day regarding their rising talent.

Sexton tore his meniscus in his left knee, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who tweeted the news on Monday afternoon. According to Woj, there is “no imminent timeframe for a comeback,” but the Cavaliers anticipate a “long absence.”

In the following days, Sexton will have further tests done on his left knee to establish the degree of the injury. It’s conceivable that he won’t require surgery and will be back on the floor in a few weeks, but surgery would keep him out of the lineup for at least a few months.

Later this week, we’ll most likely learn more about Sexton’s comeback schedule.

Can the Cavaliers keep their hot streak going without their leading scorer?

Sexton didn’t have a great shooting start to the season, but he was still the Cavaliers’ go-to guy down the line when they needed a basket. Cleveland will now have to depend on young players like Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen, and Evan Mobley to fill the void.

So far, all three have performed brilliantly as new teammates, and Sexton’s absence will only help them develop their connection by giving them more playing time. However, an undermanned Cavs team will find it difficult to maintain their winning streak without their leading scorer in the lineup.

They might be eliminated from postseason contention sooner rather than later.

Basketball Reference provided all stats.

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