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The Cavs will be without Wally Szczerbiak for both games against the Heat. Szczerbiak banged his right knee several times over the last few games and it has been bothering him, prompting the Cavs to perform an MRI on Friday. It revealed a contusion and Szczerbiak is going to be shut down for about a week to let it get some rest.
Szczerbiak has had minor knee issues during his career, getting his left knee scoped when he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves and missing time with the Boston Celtics due to right knee inflammation. So the Cavs are attempting to be cautious so he will be in good shape for the playoffs.
He is averaging 6.6 points but has been a key reserve. The Cavs lost the only game Szczerbiak didn’t play this season when the bench didn’t perform well in Detroit. Sasha Pavlovic will get his minutes and the Cavs may switch up their rotations a little, giving Daniel Gibson some more time as well.