While writing the post that was published about the Todd McShay-Mel Kiper Jr verbal spat on SportsCenter this morning (video included!) John Buccigross and Scott Van Pelt broke the news that Ben Wallace had broken his fibula in tonight’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets.
And Wallace’s injury was not the only bad news tonight for the Cavs.Â They were trounced by the Rockets 93-74, the Cavs’ lowest point total of the season.Â Shockingly, LeBron James did not record an assist for the first time in his career.
“I’m not happy with that at all,” James said. “I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have an assist, but as a team, we didn’t move the ball at all. We’ll just move on to the next game.
Oh, and the result of the Ben Wallace injury is that he will likely miss the rest of the regular season.Â Wallace does think that he will be able to recover from the injury in time for the playoffs though:
“I’ll definitely be back for the playoffs, I’m hoping to come back before then,” Wallace said. “Realistically, I don’t know how much I’d help the team, just coming back for the playoffs. It’d be tough, I’d be out of rhythm. I don’t want to go out there and put my team at a disadvantage. It’s more on me to catch up with them.”
Wallace was stepped on by Houston’s Yao Ming as both went up for a rebound in the middle of the lane. He tried to continue playing, but later headed back to the locker room for evaluation.
I will admit that I do not follow the Cavs closely.Â So perhaps those more in the know than I am can chime in with just how important this injury is to the Cavs’ hopes of securing the #1 seed on their way to what everyone in Cleveland is hoping/expecting an NBA Finals run.Â After tonight, the Cavs are 44-12 and still ahead of the Celtics (46-13) and Magic (42-15) in the loss column.
Cleveland plays four of its next five games on the road, going to San Antonio, Atlanta, Miami, and Boston, with a home game against Milwaukee sprinkled in.