The Cleveland Cavaliers got Tyler Zeller back after he missed four games. The 22-year old center suffered a concussion and a fractured orbital bone when he was elbowed in the face by DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers on November 5th. He didn't play again until yesterday.
Zeller returned to play 26 minutes in the Cavaliers' loss to the Dallas Mavericks. His return had little impact on the outcome of the game, but it was at least one additional healthy body on the court. The Mavericks hit 51% of their shots and sunk the Cavaliers 103-95. Zeller finished with three points and two turnovers. It was not quite the return he would have hoped for.
Zeller is in his first season in the NBA. He was drafted out of North Carolina where he averaged 12.8 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. With the Cavaliers o far this season, Zeller has played in five games and averages 6.6 points per game.
The Cavaliers dropped their fifth-straight game yesterday, pushing them further down in the standings. They now sit at 2-7 on the season. While Zeller's return is a good thing for the club, they will need a lot more than his presence to start winning games.
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