Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell won’t play Friday night vs. Detroit Pistons, sources say

DETROIT — The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without both starting guards on Friday night against the Detroit Pistons.

Sources tell cleveland.com that Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell, listed as questionable going into the night, won’t play because of injuries suffered in Wednesday’s hard-fought win over the Boston Celtics. Garland has a sprained left knee while Mitchell sprained his left ankle. Neither are believed to be serious injuries.

With the All-Star backcourt unavailable, the Cavs will move Caris LeVert to point guard and re-insert Isaac Okoro and Dean Wade into the starting lineup, sources say. Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen will round out Friday’s starting five.

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Even though both Garland and Mitchell were able to finish Wednesday’s game, they experienced discomfort in the hours after, requiring treatment Thursday and Friday. The two participated in parts of Friday morning’s shootaround at Little Caesars Arena. Garland left the building and walked onto the team bus with an ice pack around his injured left knee.

While Garland and Mitchell are both out, veteran backup point guard Raul Neto is available, sources say, and is expected to receive playing time. Neto sprained his ankle on Sunday against the New York Knicks and did not dress Wednesday.

Friday’s game versus Detroit is the first of a five-game road trip that will continue in Los Angeles over the weekend.

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