Cavs dealt with a double blow as center Evan Mobley undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery while star guard Darius Garland is set to miss four weeks of NBA action due to a fractured jaw

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have been dealt with a double injury blow, as they will be without guard Darius Garland and forward Evan Mobley for at least a month. 

Garland is expected to miss four weeks following surgery next week to repair a fractured jaw and Mobley will miss six-to-eight weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, ESPN reported on Friday. 

Garland was injured in the third quarter of Thursday night’s 116-107 loss in Boston in a collision with Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis. He went to the locker room for evaluation but returned to play most of the second half.

Garland, 23, is averaging 20.7 points, 5.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 20 games (all starts) this season. 

He made the All-Star team in 2021-22 and has averaged 18.7 points and 6.7 assists in 270 games (266 starts) since Cleveland drafted him with the fifth overall pick in 2019. 

Evan Mobley, left, and Darius Garland, right, will miss the Cavs’ Christmas and New Year games

Mobley, 22, has missed the last four games with soreness in his knee. He is averaging 16.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists and shooting 57.3 percent from the field in 21 games (all starts) this season. 

Mobley made the NBA All-Defensive team last season and has averaged 15.7 points and 8.9 rebounds in 169 games (all starts) since the Cavaliers drafted him with the third overall pick in 2021. 

Cleveland entered Friday in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 13-12 record. The short-handed Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. 

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