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Dean Wade’s knee injury a growing concern for the Cavs, to undergo further checking

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Dean Wade’s right knee injury status has been a growing concern for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported on Saturday that the Cavs are anxious of the possibility that the 24-year-old forward sustained a meniscus injury – much worse than the sore knee which kept him in the sidelines for Cleveland’s last three-straight games. Further clarifications about the damage will be determined via MRI on Monday.

Wade has already undergone a round of imaging, but the results were inconclusive and sources say there’s growing concern about a meniscus injury — the area of the knee that’s been giving him trouble. While the injury-riddled Cavaliers are hopeful to avoid another serious injury, they can’t determine the next steps until Monday’s follow-up MRI and thorough exam.

Wade’s unavailability will only give an additional burden for the postseason-hopeful Cleveland that is marred by health issues, with their frontcourt being depleted from the absence of Jarrett Allen. As the positioning for the playoff slots are getting much tighter, enforcers and supporting casts would truly matter for the competition ahead.

Through 51 games and 28 starts this season, Wade is averaging 5.3 points, 2.9 boards and 45 percent shooting from the field in 19.2 minutes.

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