Ilgauskas is the latest victim, his worrisome left knee acting up. He has loose cartilage in the knee, a result of many years of wear and tear, and the Cavs know that occasionally it will flare up. He’ll be a game-time decision against the Denver Nuggets tonight.
Gooden said his right thigh pull was feeling better, but that he probably wanted to get a practice in before playing again. That makes him more likely to play Friday in his hometown of Oakland against the Golden State Warriors than tonight in Denver, if at all on the remainder of the road trip.
Hughes, of course, isn’t due back until March.