West out 6 weeks with broken wrist
CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers starting guard Delonte West will miss up to six weeks with a broken right wrist sustained in a nasty fall on Thursday night in Chicago.
West got hurt when he fell face first to the floor while trying to block rookie Derrick Rose's layup in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' 102-93 overtime loss. West also cut his face and needed stitches, but showing his toughness, he came out for layups at halftime and spent the second half on Cleveland's bench cheering his teammates.
The Cavs provided the update on West during the first half of Friday's game against New Orleans.
The 25-year-old West has been one of Cleveland's steadiest players this season. He's averaging 12.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 33 minutes.
Sasha Pavlovic started in West's spot as the Cavaliers hosted the Hornets.
After facing New Orleans, the Cavaliers, who entered Friday's game with the best record in the Eastern Conference, will embark on a four-game West Coast trip starting Monday with a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The weeks ahead will be challenging without West.
"It's going to be tough for us," LeBron James said. "It's going to be tough on everybody but everybody has to step up. We'll see what happens. You can't fill Delonte's shoes. Everybody just has to step up. Delonte's toughness and what he has been able to do for this team this year is unmatched. There is nobody who can step into his shoes."
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers got positive news on injured center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who has been out since Jan. 2 with a broken left ankle. Ilgauskas has been cleared to resume on-court basketball activities and could return to game action in two more weeks.
On Friday, Ilgauskas and team physician Dr. Richard Parker visited The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction in Baltimore. They consulted with Dr. Mark Myerson, who reconstructed Ilgauskas' left foot a few years ago. Myerson agreed with Parker's diagnosis that Ilgauskas' ankle was progressing.
Ilgauskas is averaging 13.8 points, a team-leading 7.1 rebounds and is shooting 52 percent from the field.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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