Ilgauskas originally hurt his ankle Dec. 10 in Philadelphia when he landed on former teammate Donyell Marshall’s foot attempting to block a shot. He missed three games and returned to score 23 points Dec. 19 in Denver, making it appear as if it wasn’t serious.
But the morning after the game, he started to feel soreness and his recovery soon stalled. It showed on the court as he struggled to rebound and move. The Cavs attempted to deal with the injury by holding him out of practices but it wasn’t healing as a normal sprain should.
It convinced him to get it rechecked and the bone chip was discovered. The positive news for the team was the injury does not affect his foot, which was rebuilt nearly eight years ago after multiple breaks.
“One thing we don’t want to do is rush it,” Ilgauskas said. “We’ll take it weekly and see how it goes. We really don’t know.”