Cleveland Cavaliers guard Colin Sexton will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA season with a knee injury. Sexton underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee suffered last Nov. 7 against the New York Knicks.
Shams Charania of Athletic Was the first to report the surgery and Sexton’s status for the season. The Cavaliers followed up on an official report that said surgery was the only option for Sexton. The 22-year-old went under the knife in Atlanta on Nov. 17. The operation was performed by Dr. Kyle Hammond of the Emory University Center for Sports Medicine.
Collin Sexton suffered the injury last November 7 in a game against the New York Knicks. The injury occurred in the second quarter when Sexton collided knees with teammate Jarrett Allen. Sexton left the game due to the injury and was tested the next day. The Cavaliers won the game 126-109.
After further evaluation, the Cavaliers’ medical team determined that Sexton would require surgery to repair the torn meniscus. It’s a big blow for Sexton and the Cavaliers, who have had a surprisingly good start to the season.
The Cavaliers will miss Colin Sexton’s production as a scorer. Before the injury, he averaged 16.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Last season, Sexton had his breakthrough campaign as he had career average results. He averaged 24.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
Meanwhile, Sexton should become a restricted free agent after the season. He and the Cavaliers have been unable to agree on an early-scale extension this offseason. It will be difficult for Sexton to get a good job coming off a serious knee injury.
Who will step up for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Colin Sexton’s absence?
Before Collin Sexton suffered a knee injury, the Cleveland Cavaliers used him and Darius Garland at both backcourt positions. Sexton serves as the primary scorer, while Garland is the playmaker.
Now that Sexton is out for the rest of the season, Garland should step up and be the go-to scorer. He can definitely score a basketball and is a good archer. Veteran quarterback Ricky Rubio can now be a major playmaker for the Cavaliers.
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Even Isaac Okoro, Cleveland’s first-round pick last year, could get extra minutes because of the layoff left by Colin Sexton. The Cavaliers have recently been ravaged by injuries. Evan Mobley is sidelined with an elbow injury, while Lori Markkanen and Kevin Lowe were recently released from the league’s health and safety protocol.