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Derrick Rose's ankle injury a reminder why health is a concern for Cavs this season

Derrick Rose's ankle injury a reminder why health is a concern for Cavs this season
Published On: Sun, Oct 22
Mar 26, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (23) drives past Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) during the second half of a basketball game at Amway Center. The Magic won 111-89. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

After their offseason acquisitions, much was made of the Cleveland Cavaliers' improved depth this season. However, while they do have a deeper roster, they're relying on a number of players with shaky injury histories to keep it that way.

Derrick Rose, of course, has missed a staggering 262 games since the 2011-12 season, and hasn't played more than 66 games in a season since 2010 -- his third year in the league. His partner in the Cavs' new backcourt, Dwyane Wade, has never been super as durable either. Similar to Rose, Wade has played more than 70 games just once in the past six seasons -- and now he's 35 years old. Then there's Kevin Love, who has a history of back and knee troubles, including knee surgery last season that kept him out for a long stretch in the second half. Cleveland also has the oldest roster in the league, with an average age of 30.1 years. No other team in the NBA has an average age in the 30s.

Already without All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas until at least January or February, the Cavs cannot afford more injuries. Unfortunately, it seems that Rose has already suffered one. Cleveland's new starting point guard left Friday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks with an ankle injury, and head coach Tyronn Lue is expecting Rose to be out Saturday night as well.

"Monroe knocked him down, he twisted his ankle, so we had to get him," Lue said of the injury. "I don't think [he'll need images], I know it's sprained. So just gotta see how he feels, but it doesn't look good right now."

Asked specifically if he expected Rose to sit out against the Magic on Saturday, Lue added, "Kinda assuming that, yes."

While Rose's injury doesn't seem like a long-term issue, this does remind us why it's so important for Cleveland to stay healthy, and why people had some concerns its roster make-up heading into the season.

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