Cavs’ Larry Nance Jr. leaves game vs. Heat with chest injury
#Cavs Larry Nance Jr. will not return because of a chest injury.
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) March 9, 2019
Nance took a shot to the chest during the third quarter and was immediately assisted to the Cavs’ locker room.
He finished with two rebounds and a block in 17 minutes.
No further details have been released, but test results should be out within a few hours.
Larry Nance Jr. has already dealt with several injuries this season, with the most recent one involving his knee. If he’s going to miss a significant amount of time, guys like Ante Zizic and Marquese Chriss are expected to play significant minutes.
The Cavs own the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference at 16-50. They have been playing well as of late though, winning five of their last ten games.
Nance, the 27th pick in the 2015 NBA draft, has been playing well for the Cavs this season. Entering Friday, he’s averaging 9.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the field.
The high-flying forward is expected to be part of Cleveland’s rebuilding process, and he’s likely going to replace Kevin Love if the former All-Star will continue to be hampered by injuries. However, Larry will also need to find a way to avoid setbacks, which he’s been able to do for the first few years of his career.