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The Cleveland Cavaliers seemingly just can't catch a break this season. It has been a rollercoaster 2017-18 campaign for the defending Eastern Conference champions so far, and things aren't looking so good right now for the Cavaliers. They are currently at the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference standings with a mediocre 6-7 record.

The Cavs are having a tough time especially on the defensive end of the court [VIDEO], but also having a lot of injured players hasn't helped them at all. Isaiah Thomas is expected to be back in the lineup in January, while Tristan Thompson should be back on the court in December. Also, the Cavaliers are hoping to have Derrick Rose back as soon as possible.

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Another tough season for Rose

The Cavs acquired Rose as a free-agent this past summer, as the former league-MVP joined LeBron James in Cleveland [VIDEO]hoping to finally win his first NBA title. It was a gamble for Cleveland, considering all the injuries Rose has had over the course of his career, but the organization felt Rose would be a good fit. The 29-year-old point guard played 64 games for the New York Knicks last season and averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists per game on 47 percent shooting. This season, he took part in seven of the Cavaliers' 13 games so far in the season.

Rose is averaging 14.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game this season with the Cavaliers, but the biggest issue is that he has already missed six games this season. And to make things worse, it looks like the 6-foot-3 Rose is going to miss a couple of more, upcoming games.

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On Saturday night, the Cavaliers were on the road playing against the Dallas Mavericks and Rose, once again, didn't play a single minute due to his ankle injury. Iman Shumpert started in Rose's place, and after the game, Derrick spoke to the media following his physical status.

Former MVP not coming back soon

Before the Cavaliers played their game against the Mavericks in Dallas, Rose talked to the media and spoke about his injury and the timetable for his return. "They haven’t put no timetable on it yet. Just trying to get as much treatment as I can or just trying to be smart about it," said Rose to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. Jason Lloyd of The Athletic Cleveland's reported that Rose apparently reaggravated his left ankle and it appears that he will not be back on the court anytime soon.

According to Ohio.com, this is what Rose himself told about his status: "Took some steps back with I think just playing on it. Just gotta wait for the ligament to calm down.” It seems that the Cavaliers will have to find the way to survive without Derrick Rose in the lineup for at least a couple of more games until he's back in full shape. #Derrick Rose #Cleveland Cavaliers #LeBron James