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Thursday, January 24, 2008
Pavlovic could miss up to 2 months with sprained left foot

Associated Press

Sasha Pavlovic

Pavlovic

CLEVELAND -- Just as Sasha Pavlovic was finding his game, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost him.

Pavlovic could miss up to two months with a sprained left foot, a blow to the defending Eastern Conference champions, who are playing their best ball this season.

Pavlovic, who has started 35 games this season, got hurt during the third quarter of Wednesday night's 121-85 blowout win over Washington. He scored 13 points and had seven assists before going out.

"I'm disappointed for Sasha because he was starting to turn the corner and play well," Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said Thursday night. "He was starting to feel comfortable and get his legs."

The Cavaliers, who have won four straight games and are 11-2 since Christmas, said an MRI and CT scan revealed the injury to Pavlovic, who is averaging 7.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 38 games.

Pavlovic will be fitted with a cast, Ferry said, and the Cavaliers will re-evaluate him in a week.

"It's unfortunate, but injuries are part of an NBA season," Ferry said. "Fortunately, we do have a deep bench and a bench that has been playing good lately. Hopefully, Sasha will get healthy and will be able to help us down the stretch."

Daniel Gibson or Devin Brown are likely to start in Pavlovic's spot. The Cavaliers host the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Pavlovic missed all of training camp in a contract holdout before signing a three-year, $13 million deal just before the season started.