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Report: Five more Cavaliers players join Mobley, Okoro in protocols

Cleveland may struggle to field an 8-man roster.

Evan Mobley #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shares a high five before the game against the Miami Heat on December 13, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images

Update, Dec. 19 — The Cavaliers have five additional players headed to health and safety protocols, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. So that’s seven players total and we know Mobley and Okoro are confirmed in protocols. We’ll see who else is in there now, but it appears it’ll be more key players.

Center Jarrett Allen is among the five players who landed in protocols. So Allen, Mobley and Okoro are going to miss Sunday’s game vs. the Atlanta Hawks.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Evan Mobley has been placed into health and safety protocols and has been ruled out of tonight’s road matchup at the Milwaukee Bucks.

Mobley was already entering tonight’s contest with a questionable designation due to right hip soreness and will join Isaac Okoro as the two Cavs players will be sidelined because of COVID health and safety protocols. He joins an ever increasing wave of top NBA players affected by the rising number of cases across the country this week.

The rookie out of USC has been a solid contributor for Cleveland this season as the team boasts an 18-12 record and is currently in fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. Through 25 games, he has averaged 13.8 points, 8.3 assists, and 2.5 assists per game. Mobley was last in action during the team’s 105-94 victory over the Miami Heat this past Monday, putting up nine points and five rebounds.