Z and Drew are Ailing
Cavaliers All-Star center Zydrunas Ilgauskas did not practice on Monday because of a mild concussion he sustained on Saturday night when he collided with Miami’s Dwyane Wade. Ilgauskas was going for a loose ball when he banged into Wade’s shoulder in the final minute of Cleveland’s 115-107 win. The 7-foot-3 Ilgauskas stayed on the floor for several minutes before being helped off with a large lump already swelling over his right eye. The Cavaliers said Ilgauskas was questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Utah Jazz.
Forward Drew Gooden was also kept out of practice with a sprained left ankle. He got hurt when he came down on Shaquille O’Neal’s foot in the first half and did not return. Gooden said his ankle was sore, but he hopes to play. “I’m going to try to go,” Gooden said. “It was really tender, but I’ve got a couple days’ rest and hopefully I’ll be able to recover. I hate to miss games, it comes from Roy Williams (his college coach at Kansas) because he used to say you can never replace a game and I’ve become addicted to that.”