CANTON: Jarrett Jack could play through the pain if the Cavaliers were in the playoffs, coach Mike Brown said Tuesday, but Carrick Felix can take all the time he needs to heal – and he should familiarize himself with Canton while he's down here because he's probably coming back.
Jack is expected to miss about 10 days to let the inflammation in his left knee subside, but Brown doesn’t seem concerned about it. Jack doesn’t have much of an injury history with the knee, aside from missing six games during the 2011-12 season when he bruised it.
“It’s the preseason, take five days, six days, whatever it is. It doesn’t necessarily matter to me because it’s not anything pressing for the preseason,” Brown said. “Gives other guys an opportunity to play.”
Undrafted rookie Matthew Dellavedova will serve as the backup point guard tonight, and while Brown mentioned camp invite Elliot Williams as another possibility, Dellavedova could easily hold onto the job until Jack returns.
Felix’s hernia isn’t considered serious and won’t require surgery. He created some buzz in camp and was a pleasant surprise to Brown as far back as summer league in Las Vegas, but he wasn’t going to crack Brown’s rotation anytime soon and is likely ticketed for the Development League’s Canton Charge when he is healthy.
“I’m considering everybody. But the reality is right now, Carrick is low man on the totem pole,” Brown said, citing Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Jack, Earl Clark, Alonzo Gee and C.J. Miles in front of him. “That’s six guys who are going to absolutely have as much opportunity to play before Carrick plays. So Carrick has to do something very, very special over a long period of time to break the rotation. If he does, I’m happy for him. But right now he has to keep busting his behind and keep pushing the guys in front of him, which he’s done a nice job.”
Felix said he thought he had a chance to play right up until the injury, but he’s fine playing the role of cheerleader for now.
“My opportunity is going to come,” he said. “If it’s in a couple games, if it’s game 69 or 72, if I get in there for three minutes, five minutes, 30 seconds, I just have to go out there and do my best.”