Cavs’ Lauri Markkanen in health and safety protocols
Per Shams Charania, Markkanen will likely be out for a few contests, however:
Sources: Cleveland's Lauri Markkanen is expected to miss several games due to health and safety protocols.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 3, 2021
That’s now the second Cavs player in protocols. Kevin Love is also on the shelf. While it’s not yet known if Markkanen actually tested positive for COVID-19, that is certainly a possibility.
The Finnish sharpshooter has started all eight contests for Cleveland thus far, but his numbers aren’t great. Markkanen is averaging 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds on 28% shooting from three-point range. That’s a massive downgrade from 2020/21, posting a 40% clip with the Chicago Bulls.
With the Cavs’ top forward options out and Isaac Okoro also dealing with a hamstring injury, it’s expected that Cedi Osman will likely see an increase in minutes. Cleveland is coming off an impressive win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.
COVID-19 problems seem to be rising throughout the NBA, which is a cause for concern. Khris Middleton and Tobias Harris are two other players in protocols. Most of the NBA is vaccinated except for a select few as well.
Hopefully, Markkanen doesn’t miss too many games for the Cavs because after all, he’s a key piece of the first unit.