Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng will be a game-time decision against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng will be a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the second-best team in the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Deng suffered a sprained left ankle in the Cavaliers' 102-80 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday night at Staples Center, and was out of the lineup against the Miami Heat Tuesday.
"There's no update right now," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said Wednesday. "It's still day-to-day. (We'll know) probably before the game."
Deng is one of several Cavaliers players battling back from injuries.
Point guard Kyrie Irving is out at least another 10 days after straining the head tendon in his left biceps against the Clippers, and fellow guard Dion Waiters is working through soreness as a result of a collision with the basketball hoop support late in Tuesday's 100-96 loss to the Heat.
Forwards Anthony Bennett (knee) and Carrick Felix (knee) are also out of the lineup, and guard C.J. Miles is still working his way back from an ankle sprain suffered after the NBA All-Star break.
"Guys are banged up, nicked up, so we watched film and let guys get treatment," Brown said of having a limited practice Wednesday. "Guys that wanted to shoot could go ahead and shoot."
Miles played only 1:57 against the Heat Tuesday, and was removed from the lineup when his ankle began to become an issue.
"He could've played longer, but I guess his ankle was bothering him a little bit, so we didn't go back to him in the second half," Brown said.
While several of the Cavaliers are battling injuries, forward Anderson Varejao is getting healthy again. He missed several games through February with back soreness, but scored 16 points and pulled down 11 defensive rebounds, along with three steals and a blocked shot in nearly 26 minutes against the Heat.
Varejao has been added to a front court with sharp-shooting center Spencer Hawes, fellow center Tyler Zeller and athletic forward Tristan Thompson.
"If you think about it, we have four bigs, and this is even with A.B. (Bennett) out, that are playing pretty well," Brown said. "You could argue that Spencer should probably play a little more. You could argue Andy should probably play a little more. Even Tyler. I thought Tristan played a good game last night.
"We were going down the stretch and what it came down to was, I thought Andy was playing a good game and we were right there. You'd think for a few seconds, 'Should I go back to Tristan? Oh, dang. Andy just made a play, so I'm going to stick with Andy.' It shakes out the way it shakes. All four of our bigs have done a good job playing the game, and it's a luxury as a coach. It's a tough predicament, at times, to be in as a coach because you don't want to 'hurt anybody's feelings,' but it's a good problem to have."