Osman (back) will come off the bench Wednesday against the Wizards, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports. The Cavaliers are being cautious with Osman who has been out for a week with back spasms and will "monitor his minutes" Wednesday. It is unclear exactly how many minutes Osman will play, or how long any restrictions will last, but it's a positive sign that the Turkish forward will be able to play. So long as Osman's run is limited, J.R. Smith should play a larger role albeit less than the 31 minutes he's averaged over the past three games.
Osman (back) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup against the Wizards, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports. Osman has missed the past two games as a result of back spasms, but there's optimism he'll be able to take the floor Wednesday. More information should arrive as tipoff nears. In the five games prior to his injury, Osman averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists across 34.2 minutes.
Osman (back) will not play Tuesday against the Hornets, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports. Osman was able to go through practice Monday, but the Cavs will play it safe and preemptively rule him out of Tuesday's game due to back spasms. Assuming he doesn't suffer a setback, Osman could be back on the floor for Wednesday's game in Washington.
Osman (back) is out for Saturday's game against the Bulls, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Lower back spasms forced Osman out of Wednesday's game against the Thunder. He's still feeling some pain, which will keep him out Saturday. In his stead, David Nwaba could be in line for an expanded role.
Osman scored 11 points (5-17 FG, 1-9 3Pt) while adding 10 rebounds in 43 minutes during Monday's 102-100 loss to the Magic. It was a woefully inefficient performance, but Osman still recorded his second double-double of the season. The 23-year-old has been forced into a role he doesn't seem quite ready for on a threadbare Cavs roster, but as long as Osman continues to see significant court time -- he's averaging 33.1 minutes per game after getting only 11.0 minutes as a rookie last season -- he'll have some fantasy value in deeper formats.
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