Cavaliers forward Christian Eyenga sent the tweet above at 8:44pm while his team was playing a contest in Madison Square Garden. Though no injury update was given prior to Wednesday night’s loss to the New York Knicks, the Cavaliers swingman apparently did not travel with the team due to what is being called a “toe laceration” that received multiple stitches.
The Cavaliers state that the injury occurred prior to their three-point loss to the Boston Celtics, but made no mention of the injury until the latter portion of the back-to-back slate had been completed. Several injury-related inquiries were made throughout the week, but all replies surrounded the return of shooting guard Anthony Parker who returned after missing several games due to back tightness.
Adding to the bizarre level of timing and specifics of this injury is the fact that Eyenga appears to have sent said tweet (pictured above) during the middle of the Knicks game, stating that he can “see” the individual despite reportedly not even being in the building with his teammates. Naturally, “seeing” may not be literal, but the team did not make anyone aware of his absence prior to the tweet being published, causing plenty of overnight speculation.
The Cavaliers do not have a practice scheduled for Thursday, typical procedure following back-to-back games, so there will likely not be any additional clarification on the timeline of events until Friday morning’s shootaround. They are typically very forthcoming with injury updates, especially those that hinder travel, so this late-night update will undoubtedly be a item of interest as the team prepares for their contest against the Chicago Bulls.
The team states that Eyenga slipped and cut his toe on a metal door within the Cavaliers’ locker room. They also say that the timing of their release was not impacted by Eyenga’s tweet. He was allegedly going to be inactive for both contests.
While Eyenga’s athleticism has never been a question, the high-flying swingman has not shown much development since joining the Cavaliers last season. Often chastised for lapses on both ends of the floor, an issue like this will only add to the criticism surrounding the mental aspects of his game. Eyenga started the season in Canton with the Cavaliers’ D-League affiliate. Since being called up, the former first-round draft pick has appeared in only six contests, averaging 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds.