NBA News: Cavs’ Tyler Zeller suffered concussion, fractured cheekbone

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie center Tyler Zeller will miss some time after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the orbital cheekbone and a concussion in Monday night’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports that a wayward elbow from Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has landed the 17th-overall pick in the NBA’s concussion process where he will undergo a litany of tests until his state is cleared for play. While there is no timetable for his return, it is safe to assume that the 22-year-old big man will be wearing a mask when on the court.

In Monday night’s contest, Zeller finished with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting, seven boards (four offensive), two assists, one steal. Samardo Samuels will likely see increased playing time in Zeller’s absence.

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  • eldaveablo

    This suuuuuuuuuuuucks. Just when he had a strong game.

    get better dude.

  • mgbode

    agreed. and the way the Clips were playing (flailing about), I doubt he will be the last big man injured by their frontcourt.

    hopefully, Scott can find a way to trust one of his other big men now. and hopefully not one of the Luke’s.

  • Ray

    Hopefully Leuer will get some valuable minutes so he can get some good exp. The more young experienced guns we have, the better.