Cavs Player Misses Four Games After Wife Loses Twins In Early Labor - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cavs Player Misses Four Games After Wife Loses Twins In Early Labor

MIAMI (AP) - Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned to the
Cavaliers' starting lineup in Miami on Sunday for the first time
since his wife went into early labor and lost twin babies. Cavs lost to the Heat 81-86.

Ilgauskas missed four games, a stretch that began before the
All-Star break.

His wife, Jennifer, began having problems after Cleveland played
the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 11. She was about five months'
pregnant at the time, and delivered a stillborn boy and girl on
Feb. 14, Ilgauskas said.

"Neither one of them survived, so obviously, I just had to take
some time for myself to take care of things," Ilgauskas said
softly before the Cavaliers played the Heat on Sunday.
He added that this was the toughest thing he's ever experienced.
"It puts life in perspective," he said.

Ilgauskas stayed with his wife, grieving privately, for several
days before resuming personal workouts last Wednesday and
practicing again with the Cavaliers on Saturday.
The trip to Miami was the first time he'd traveled with the team
since the tragedy.

"He looked good in practice," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said
of Ilgauskas, who entered Sunday averaging 11.7 points and 8.2
rebounds.

Ilgauskas said he was looking forward to getting back to
basketball, if for no other reason than to have his mind occupied
by something else for a few hours.

"The team needs me and I need these guys," he said. "We don't
have many games left before the playoffs start, so it was important
for me to be here. ... It felt like the right time. The more time
you miss, the harder it is to come back."

He wasn't the only player Cleveland got back on Sunday.
Guard Damon Jones was active; he's been battling strep throat.
But forward Sasha Pavlovic (flu) was not with the team, and Brown
said he wasn't sure when he'd rejoin the Cavaliers.
"It's a day-to-day thing," Brown said.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Cleveland Indians players pay tribute to hospitalized teammate Leonys Martín

    Cleveland Indians players pay tribute to hospitalized teammate Leonys Martín

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 10:45 AM EDT2018-08-14 14:45:35 GMT
    Cleveland Indians' Leonys Martin watches his ball after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians' Leonys Martin watches his ball after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
    Cleveland Indians' Leonys Martin watches his ball after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians' Leonys Martin watches his ball after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Hours before the Cleveland Indians took the field Monday night, team officials revealed that newly-acquired Leonys Martín was suffering from a life-threatening bacterial infection.

    More >>

    Hours before the Cleveland Indians took the field Monday night, team officials revealed that newly-acquired Leonys Martín was suffering from a life-threatening bacterial infection.

    More >>
  • Cleveland Indians' big hits knock Reds into submission

    Cleveland Indians' big hits knock Reds into submission

    Monday, August 13 2018 11:28 PM EDT2018-08-14 03:28:04 GMT
    (Source: WOIO)(Source: WOIO)

    Jose Ramirez belted his 35th home run of the season, and his teammates exploded for six more runs in the 6th inning, as the Indians easily pulled away from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday en route to a 10-3 win.  Ramirez hit his two-run shot in the third inning, giving the Tribe a 2-1 lead, but the Reds almost tied it immediately, loading the bases in the bottom half of the inning before Mike Clevinger struck out Mason Williams to get out of the jam. Clevinger got out of a bases-...

    More >>

    Jose Ramirez belted his 35th home run of the season, and his teammates exploded for six more runs in the 6th inning, as the Indians easily pulled away from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday en route to a 10-3 win.  Ramirez hit his two-run shot in the third inning, giving the Tribe a 2-1 lead, but the Reds almost tied it immediately, loading the bases in the bottom half of the inning before Mike Clevinger struck out Mason Williams to get out of the jam. Clevinger got out of a bases-...

    More >>
  • Future bright for Woods after PGA, but Koepka is in the way

    Future bright for Woods after PGA, but Koepka is in the way

    Monday, August 13 2018 10:31 PM EDT2018-08-14 02:31:40 GMT
    Monday, August 13 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-08-14 02:34:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Tiger Woods celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Tiger Woods celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis.

    Future looks bright for Woods after 2nd at PGA, but Koepka stands in the way.

    More >>

    Future looks bright for Woods after 2nd at PGA, but Koepka stands in the way.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly