Player News - Cavaliers

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Kevin Love played only 22 minutes during Wednesday's game, posting nine points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two steals and one block.

The Cavs' starters were crushed to begin the game and coach Ty Lue relied on his bench heavily tonight, to Love's detriment. He still managed to post a decent fantasy line, however, and at least he'll be well-rested for Friday's road game. The loss also makes it less likely that Cleveland will rest their key guys, as Boston is now just one game back for the No. 1 seed.
Mar 23 - 12:00 AM

Kyrie Irving scored 33 points in 27 minutes vs. Denver, making 11-of-22 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 126-113 defeat.

Kyrie went 4-of-5 from downtown with three assists, two rebounds and zero turnovers tonight. LeBron James was also efficient with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but offense wasn't the problem -- Cleveland put up no defensive resistance and the Nuggets finished 53.1 percent from the field. They'll try to right the ship in Charlotte on Friday.
Mar 22 - 11:59 PM

Kay Felder was inactive for Wednesday's game.

The promising rookie simply isn't in the rotation now that Deron Williams is backing up Kyrie Irving.
Mar 22 - 11:58 PM

Tristan Thompson (mouth) finished Wednesday's ugly road loss with six points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes.

Thompson took a shot to the mouth on Monday which necessitated a minor dental procedure, but the league's preeminent iron-man obviously wasn't going to miss this game. Deploy him as usual for low-end value.
Mar 22 - 11:58 PM

Deron Williams (thumb) led Cleveland's bench on Wednesday with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers, one block and zero turnovers in 20 minutes.

Williams suffered a minor thumb injury on Sunday but he returned to that game and was never in doubt for tonight. His hot shooting was a nice boost for Cleveland, but it doesn't mean much for fantasy purposes. He's yet to score double-digit points in consecutive games since joining the Cavs, but we'll see if he can do it vs. the Hornets on Friday.
Mar 22 - 11:57 PM

Iman Shumpert came off Cleveland's bench for five points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 17 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Shump even knocked down his lone 3-point attempt tonight, but the playing time is a glaring red flag. With J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver both healthy, there's no reason to touch Shumpert unless Cleveland is resting LeBron James.
Mar 22 - 11:57 PM

J.R. Smith was back in the Cavs' starting five on Wednesday, finishing 1-of-7 from the field with one 3-pointer to score three points.

Smith added three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes, but that doesn't compensate for another lousy night shooting the ball. He's a combined 6-of-31 in his past three games, and almost has to be benched in fantasy until he warms up.
Mar 22 - 11:55 PM

Kyle Korver (sore left foot) returned to action on Wednesday with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting, including a 3-of-8 mark from downtown.

"A lot of my shots are turning over this left shoulder," Korver said, explaining the cause of his recent injury. "That’s kind of the foot I’m planting on more. I think that’s kind of where I get the wear and tear I’ve had over the years." Korver logged 19 minutes in his return but he should be in the mid- to high-20s before long.
Mar 22 - 11:54 PM

Iman Shumpert will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

J.R. Smith will be replacing him in the starting five, and Kyle Korver (foot) will be back in action tonight, so Shumpert's minutes will likely dip to the lower-20s. He's not a viable target in most settings with Smith and Korver active.
Mar 22 - 7:39 PM

Kyle Korver (foot) will play against the Nuggets on Wednesday night.

It will be his first action since Mar. 6. With Korver back, it'll be interesting to see how coach Ty Lue divides the minutes on the wing. Korver will have a lower upside, but he should be a solid specialist for treys going forward.
Mar 22 - 7:36 PM

J.R. Smith will start Wednesday's game, bumping Iman Shumpert to the second unit.

This was the plan all along, as Tyronn Lue only kept Smith on the bench to have more shooting in the second unit. With Kyle Korver (foot) returning tonight, Smith was pushed back to his usual starting role.
Mar 22 - 7:35 PM

As expected, LeBron James confirmed he will play Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.

With all the controversy surrounding teams resting their stars, LeBron will likely get asked to confirm that he is playing prior to each game the remainder of the season.
Mar 22 - 1:58 PM

Coach Tyronn Lue said he was unsure whether Kyle Korver (sore left foot) will be able to play Wednesday night vs. the Nuggets.

Korver has not played since March 6th due to the foot injury. He did state that he felt "a lot better" on Tuesday, so Korver is clearly headed in the right direction. We may be looking at a game-time decision Wednesday night. The issue for Korver owners is that even once he is fully healthy and active, Korver will have to divvy up minutes with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. Thus, it will be very difficult for him to match the numbers he was putting up his first few weeks in Cleveland.
Mar 22 - 12:58 PM

Tristan Thompson missed Tuesday's practice for a dental appointment after having his two front teeth pushed back during Monday's win over the Lakers.

Thompson will need to wear braces for a couple weeks, but he's not expected to spend any time on the sidelines. Owners can expect to get official confirmation on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Mar 21 - 3:50 PM

Kyle Korver (sore left foot) said on Tuesday that he was feeling "a lot better," and "well rested."

Korver added that his foot is feeling stronger, and with him getting in a full practice on Tuesday, it's looking like there's a chance we could see him back in action on Wednesday night vs. the Nuggets. Korver was playing well prior to going down, but that was with J.R. Smith on the sidelines, so it could be tough for him to replicate that production fighting for minutes with Smith and Iman Shumpert. We should get another update following shootaround, but this is a wait-and-see situation in most leagues.
Mar 21 - 3:42 PM


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