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Antawn Jamison’s knee becoming a bigger issue

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Antawn Jamison did not play for the Cavaliers Tuesday night in a loss to Atlanta, resting a gimpy left knee that has bothered him since the start of training camp.

That’s not good on a few levels.

It’s not good for a Cavaliers team that has now fallen to 1-3 on the young season. The Cavaliers were counting on Jamison to be a key part of their offense, but first he lost the battle to start to J.J. Hickson, them even the limited bench minutes proved too much for his knee.

Second, it’s affecting his shot, coach Byron Scott told the Akron Beacon Journal. Jamison is shooting 31.8 percent on the season, and if you add in his preseason he is at 25 percent.

”I think they go hand in hand right now,” Scott said. ”The knee has been bothering him since the preseason. We just want to get that as healthy as possible. Once that is rectified, I think he’ll go back to being the Antawn he’s always been, which is able to knock down shots. I think the injury is obviously affecting his shooting a little bit.”

If the season really falls apart it was expected Jamison might go on the trading block, except the knee issues hurt his trade prospects. Well, that and the fact he is owed $15 million next year. So, maybe trading him wasn’t going to happen anyway.

But maybe the Cavs can at least get some production out of him soon.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.

Derrick Rose’s eye still swollen, will rejoin Bulls Monday

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Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.

Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.