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Cavaliers’ big man Semih Erden breaks thumb in Europe

Turkey Serbia Basketball Worlds

Turkey’s Semih Erden, right, celebrates in the face of Serbia’s Marko Keselj after Turkey’s Kerem Tunceri scored the winning basket during the semifinal between Turkey and Serbia at the World Basketball Championship, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey won the match 83-82. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


You knew the injuries would start to add up as NBA players started to find places to play in Europe. So far there hasn’t been a major one, but some minor ones are coming up.

The latest is Cavaliers center Semih Erden, reports Turkish journalist Mete Aktaş (via Marc Stein of ESPN). Here are the tweets.

7-foot Turkish center Semih Erden of Cavs has broken left thumb and will be sidelined “at least” 2 months

The injury happened tonight during Besiktas’ European Cup game against German side Goettingen…. The same game which Deron Williams scored 50 points

What that means is that if the NBA labor situation is resolved in time for a season — even a 50-game season starting in February, Erden may not be ready to go. Not great news for the Cavs.

And yes, D-Will dropped 50. He has figured out how to make his game fit in overseas.