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Cavs enlist help for latest casualty

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who keep winning despite losing players to injury, Monday activated guard Gerald Madkins to replace their latest casualty, John Battle.

The Cavaliers have won six straight games. Last Wednesday, they lost Brad Daugherty with a sprained back and Larry Nance with a strained tendon. On Saturday, they lost Battle with a dislocated left elbow and a mild sprain of his left wrist.

Battle is expected to miss six to eight weeks, essentially the rest of the regular season. Madkins was expected in uniform for Monday night's game at Chicago.

Madkins, a rookie, has missed 46 games with a chip fracture in his right wrist. In 23 minutes over four games this season, he is 1-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line with one rebound and four assists.

Daugherty's back is improving, but he has a herniated lumbar disc which continues to cause pain, the Cavaliers said Monday. He will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, rehabilitation exercises and rest. Daugherty will be out at least four weeks.

Nance has been in rehabilitation and is beginning reconditioning. He's expected to be ready for the Chicago game March 6.

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