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Cedi Osman, Rodney Hood will not play; Jeff Green will start vs. Lakers

Tyronn Lue

Cleveland Cavaliers teammates Cedi Osman and Rodney Hood suffered injuries during Friday night’s 116-102 loss to the L.A. Clippers inside the Staples Center. Both were unable to return to the floor, and their status remained in question until an update was issued from Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com on Saturday afternoon.

Osman, who played just 11 minutes in Friday night’s loss (three points and one steal), was not at Saturday’s practice according to Vardon. The Turkish Cup champion suffered what was believed to be a hip injury during the third quarter of Friday night’s game.

“I tried to run and then I heard a pop from my groin,” Osman told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin after Friday’s game in Los Angeles. “This is the second time it happened, actually … I felt pain and I couldn’t run … Right now, when I’m walking and when I try to lift my leg up I feel pain”

According to Vardon, Osman will have an MRI scan on Saturday.

Hood left Friday night’s game with a lower back strain, logging just six minutes (0-3 shooting from the field). The crafty marksman will be listed as day-to-day for now.

With Osman and Hood out of the lineup for an undisclosed period of time, Jeff Green has been given a starting nod, according to Vardon.

The Cavs are currently the third-ranked team in the Eastern Conference standings with a 38-27 overall record. They’ll be back in action on Sunday night, as they’re scheduled for another matchup inside the Staples Center — this one against the Los Angeles Lakers. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. EST with ESPN and FOX Sports Ohio having live broadcast coverage.

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