Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson remained hospitalized in Boston for more tests on a neck infection.
Gibson was at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was being treated with antibiotics for what the team said has been diagnosed as a soft tissue infection in his neck. The team said Monday night that Gibson would stay in the hospital for additional treatment and tests.
Gibson, who has been with the Cavs since 2006, did not play in Sunday night’s win over the Celtics because of a sore neck. He stayed behind after the team returned to Cleveland following the game.
Both Gibson and starting guard Anthony Parker will miss Tuesday’s home game against Boston, and Cavs coach Byron Scott doesn’t know how long he’ll be without the two players.
Parker has been bothered by a sore lower back, which limited him to 14 minutes in Sunday’s win over the Celtics. Parker sat out Monday’s practice as the team prepared for their second game in three days with the Celtics.
Scott said Parker was hurting early in the game at Boston.
“I just remember him going up and down the floor a couple times and he was kind of grimacing,” Scott said. “Then he gave me the sign to take him out. I don’t think it had to do with playing 10 minutes in the first quarter.”
Parker, who is averaging six points and 23 minutes, sat out one game last week because of his back.
The Cavs don’t have many options to replace Parker or Gibson, who started the game Parker sat out.
Rookie Mychel Thompson played the entire fourth quarter on Sunday against the Celtics. Also, six-foot-six Alonzo Gee, who has been playing small forward, could move into the backcourt as he has done at times this season.
There’s also a chance the team could recall Manny Harris from their Canton affiliate in the NBA Development League. Harris was named the D-League’s player of the week after averaging 25 points and 7.3 rebounds in three games.