CLEVELAND: C.J. Miles’ comeback lasted less than two minutes. Now he’s on the bench again and no one is sure when he’ll be back.
Miles has missed a month with a severely sprained left ankle. He thought he was ready to return Tuesday against the Miami Heat, but turned to chase a loose ball and realized he couldn’t run. That was the end of his night in what has been a frustrating recovery.
“I’ve tried ankle braces, different tape ways, different everything,” Miles said. “I’ve tried stuff in my shoe, I’ve tried less socks, more socks, tie my shoe extra tight, tie my shoe looser. The only thing I didn’t do is get a new ankle.”
Miles concedes now he might have been better off had he just broken his ankle. He was showing off pictures in the locker room Thursday of the swelling that remained in the ankle following Tuesday’s loss. His ankle swelled to the size of a tennis ball following the game.
This has the potential to be the most significant injury of Miles’ career. He missed the first month of the season (17 games) in 2009-10 with the Utah Jazz recovering from thumb surgery. Thursday’s game against the Thunder is the 13th game he has missed with the ankle.
“I may ease off a little bit so it’s not like I just keep beating a dead horse. I think you just slow down a little bit and when it starts to feel good again maybe take it one step slower than the last time,” Miles said. “My biggest thing now is getting to a point where I can go in a live practice really good before I can do it in a game.”
The Cavs are down to just 13 games remaining, beginning with Saturday’s home game against the Houston Rockets.
New face coming?
The Cavs spent most of this season deftly avoiding injuries, but they’re piling up now at the worst possible time.
Rookie Sergey Karasev is the latest to join the injured ranks with a sore right knee, pushing the total to six wounded players (Miles, Karasev, Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, Anthony Bennett, Carrick Felix). Now they’ll have a roster decision to make.
Shane Edwards’ 10-day contract expires today. The Cavs are looking at Edwards, Seth Curry and a third unknown player, a league source said. One of the three will be signed prior to Saturday’s game against the Rockets. Who they choose will depend heavily on the injury situation after the game against the Thunder.
Curry is the biggest name because his brother, Steph, is an All-Star guard with the Golden State Warriors. His father, Dell, also played one season with the Cavs. Seth Curry went undrafted last summer and has played the majority of the season in the Development League, although he spent two weeks with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Mike Brown said he didn’t fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket this week.
“It’s my own protest because my son’s team didn’t make it,” Brown said. “If I picked another team, it wouldn’t be faithful to the Butler Bulldogs.”
ESPN reported Thursday, citing Elias Sports Bureau, that only one team in the last 30 years has rallied from a four-game deficit to make the playoffs with 14 to play. The Cavs began Thursday six games out of the final playoff spot with 14 to play.