It looks like Cleveland Cavaliers big man Evan Mobley is recovering well and on track to return before the 2022-23 season stars.
Mobley has been ruled out in early October due to a right ankle sprain. The team said he could be sidelined for one to two weeks, depending on how he responds to the rehabilitation and treatment. It has been a week since then and Mobley appears to have made significant progress, as he was seen doing individual workouts during Tuesday’s practice.
According to Kelsey Russo of The Athletic, JB Bickerstaff noted that Mobley is “moving in the right direction” in his recovery from the injury. The Cavs head coach also expressed his hope that Mobley could feature in at least one game in the preseason.
The 21-year-old Mobley has missed the Cavs’ first two preseason games against the Philadelphia 76ers, but they have two more games left before the 2022-23 season kicks off. They face the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday before capping things up on Friday against the Orlando Magic.
#Cavs Evan Mobley is progressing. He did some individual work after practice today.
J.B. Bickerstaff said he is knocking out the steps and moving in the right direction. They are hopeful he could play in the preseason, they have not ruled him out; it just depends how he responds pic.twitter.com/B5DvyPQzLs
— Kelsey Russo (@kelseyyrusso) October 11, 2022
It will certainly be great if Evan Mobley can rejoin the Cavs a little earlier than expected and play in the preseason. After all, the starting unit of the team still needs to develop chemistry and learn to play alongside each other after the addition of Donovan Mitchell.
However, the Cavs won’t be rushing Mobley if he is not ready. There is the possibility he could worsen his injury if he rushed things, so for now, the Cleveland faithful can only wait and see how things will progress further in his recovery work.