After hoping to make his return Friday night against the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers forward C.J. Miles will again sit out with a strained calf. The news was first reported by the Plain Dealer earlier today. The paper also reported that rookie Sergey Karasev could get the start at shooting guard ahead of recent starter Matthew Dellavedova, as well as the reportedly disgruntled Dion Waiters.
Miles’ continued absence is a blow for the often stagnant Cleveland offense, as Miles was playing fantastic off the bench up until his injury on November 20th against the Washington Wizards. At the time of his injury – which occurred two minutes into his first start of the season, Miles held averages of 10.0 PPG on 45.5 percent shooting from the field. He also was shooting 37.3 percent from three, as well an even 90 percent from the charity stripe.
Miles’ injury, however, opened the door for Dellavedova to receive consistent minutes. But with the Cavaliers still struggled – and Waiters likely to continue coming off coach Mike Brown’s bench – it appears Karasev will get his chance. For the season, the native of St. Petersburg, Russia is averaging 3.5 points of 33.3 percent shooting from the field as he transitions to playing basketball stateside. Dellavedova, a native Australian, is averaging 3.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting.
To hear from Miles, check out the video below courtesy of the Plain Dealer.