CLEVELAND — Cavaliers rookie and former North Carolina star Tyler Zeller’s first NBA road trip has been ended by injury.
Zeller is returning to Cleveland for further evaluation after sustaining a concussion and broken cheekbone after being elbowed in the face by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on Monday night.
Zeller was hit under the left eye by Jordan with 5 minutes, 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s 108-101 win. X-rays taken after the game were negative, but a CT scan performed in San Francisco revealed a non-displaced fracture of his left orbital cheekbone. The first-round pick has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol process. He will have to be cleared by a league doctor before he can resume practicing or playing.
The Cavs said there is “no specific timeline” for Zeller’s return and that he will continue to be monitored and evaluated.
Before he got hurt, Zeller was having his best game as a pro. He scored a season-high 15 points with seven rebounds and two assists.
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Indiana: Team officials announced Wednesday that one-time All-Star forward Danny Granger is expected to miss up to three months after receiving an injection in his left knee to treat patellar tendinosis, commonly referred to as jumper’s knee.
Granger originally hurt the knee during last May’s playoff run. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said the soreness dissipated for a while, then returned while Granger was working out during the offseason.
In September, Granger said he underwent blood-platelet treatment.
He has not played in any of Indiana’s first four regular season games, though he did make one preseason appearance. At Cleveland, on Oct. 23, Granger scored nine points in 13 minutes.
New Orleans: The Hornets have arranged for guard Eric Gordon to work out in Los Angeles with specialists as he rehabilitates his sore right knee.
The Hornets, who announced the move on Wednesday evening, say last week’s projection that Gordon would miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season remains the same.
Team officials say the move will provide the 23-year-old Gordon with “a more personalized and intensive rehab regimen … and allow him to work with specialists and provide a more focused attention on rehabbing his injured right knee.”