Cavs Notes — Zizic out indefinitely, Windler undergoes surgery

The Cavaliers continue to deal with injuries

James Rapien
January 22, 2020 - 2:20 pm
Nov 18, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Ante Zizic (41) falls to the court while being defended by New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Spor

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CLEVELAND, OH — John Beilein was smiling on Wednesday afternoon before he met with the media. It was the first time his team practiced at home since late December. 

"Dante Exum has been with us since Christmas time and it was the first time he's ever had a real practice here," Beilein said. "We've had three practices since and one of them was in Boston and the floor was a little slippery — we couldn't really practice. The other one was at UCLA. We were like a mash unit after that."

The Cavs traded for Exum on Dec. 23. Beilein is learning about the harsh realities that come with coaching in the NBA. He loves practice, but there aren't enough hours in the day to practice, travel and ensure players are healthy enough for their next game. 

The Cavaliers had 10 players available on Wednesday. Practice lasted for over 90 minutes.  

They got some bad news this morning. Center Ante Zizic is out indefinitely with a vestibular condition. He has been dealing with dizziness and nausea. Zizic will undergo a period of rehabilitation to evaluate his symptoms further. 

"He's a ways away, it looks like," Beilein said. "It's hard. He was rebounding. He flattens out really well and gets on the baseline and gives us more space and was really rebounding well. Our hope is John (Henson) will stay healthy now."

Rookie Dylan Windler underwent successful surgery on Tuesday. He was diagnosed with a lower stress reaction in his left leg in September. He never played in a game this year, but is expected to make a full recovery. 

"I talked to him yesterday after the surgery," Beilein said. "He ended up spending the night just to spend the night (at the hospital) there to make sure he had a full recovery. Everyone was very optimistic afterwards and we are as well. 

The Cavs look to snap a 5-game losing streak on Thursday night against the Wizards. They returned to Cleveland on Monday following a 6-game west coast trip that included losses to the Lakers and the Clippers. 

The Cavaliers are 12-32 this season.