Cavs' Anthony Bennett out three weeks with knee strain

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Anthony Bennett's difficult rookie season takes another bad turn. (USATSI)

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It hasn't been a great rookie season for Anthony Bennett.

He went weeks without making an actual shot, and it took until January for him to crack double-figures.

But he has been doing better things lately, even registering two double-doubles in February. There are signs of something good there, but he just needs more time to learn and grow and develop.

Unfortunately, he won't be doing any of that as he'll miss at least three weeks because of a left patellar tendon strain.

There's only about four weeks left in the NBA season, so Bennett could conceivably return for a couple games to wrap up the Cavs campaign, but there's a chance we've seen the last of him for this season.

And if this is it, it's been a pretty rough one for the No. 1 overall pick. In 51 games, he's averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting just 35.2 percent from the floor. But remember: He's only 20 and this was his rookie season. Maybe he can build on the momentum from February and improve over the summer, coming back better for next season.

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