INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -Cleveland Cavaliers starting center Zydrunas Ilgauskas says he hopes to play this week after practicing for the first time since breaking a bone in his left ankle.
Ilgauskas, sidelined since Jan. 2, made it through Monday's workout without any problems. He's hoping to play on Thursday night when the Cavaliers visit Orlando. Ilgauskas initially hurt his ankle during a Dec. 10 game at Philadelphia, and the 7-foot-3 big man tried to come back before it was completely healed.
He was cleared last week to begin on-court activities after tests showed his ankle had improved.
Ilgauskas is averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Cavs, who are coming off a 3-1 trip out West and have the Eastern Conference's best record at 34-8.

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