Tom Withers from Slam Sports writes: Cavaliers rookie guard Daniel Gibson will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left big toe, an injury that will reshuffle Cleveland’s lineup again.
Gibson, who has provided the Cavs with a spark since replacing Eric Snow at point guard in the starting lineup, initially injured his toe in a Feb. 14 game against Utah. He aggravated it during a loss in Dallas on Thursday.
“I jammed it on another player’s foot,” Gibson said before the Cavaliers hosted Toronto on Saturday night.
An MRI taken on Friday revealed additional swelling in Gibson’s toe, prompting doctors to advise additional rest for the 21-year-old nicknamed “Boobie.”
“We’re right back to square one with it,” said Gibson, wearing a protective boot on his foot. “They told me to take my time.”
In 16 starts, Gibson, a second-round draft pick, is averaging 5.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
Larry Hughes, who missed Cleveland’s game against the Mavericks because of the flu, returned and started for Gibson in the backcourt along with Sasha Pavlovic. Cavs coach Mike Brown said Gibson will be back in the starting lineup once he’s healthy.
With no true point guard in the starting lineup, Hughes and LeBron James will handle the bulk of the ballhandling duties for Cleveland’s first unit.