Player News - Cavaliers

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Brendan Haywood said he was "shocked" he played on Wednesday against the Wizards.

"I had got a notification on Rotoworld before the game and it said I was resting," Haywood said. "Where and the hell did that come from? I've been resting all season." This is amazing and there are a ton of other great quotes in the link below (hat tip to Chris Haynes for this story, as well). Haywood played 15 minutes against one of his former teams, scoring five points with two blocks. Mr. Haywood, if you're receiving this in a mobile alert, we won't say you're "resting" ever again. Also, congrats on an NBA career spanning over a decade.
Apr 16 - 8:33 PM

Kyrie Irving played 18 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday during a 113-108 win, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

Kyrie is in the playoffs and he'll be a favorite among most people to be a point guard in the NBA Finals. Irving's season was truly awesome and his ability to connect on catch-and-shoot shots explains a lot. He'll be a first-round target in drafts next season. The Cavs face the Celtics in Cleveland for Game 1 on Sunday.
Apr 16 - 12:24 AM

Iman Shumpert scored 18 points against the Wizards on Wednesday with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

If you're scoring at home, Shumpert missed his 10th dunk attempt this season. He has been missing a lot in his NBA career and is just a 40 percent shooter. Shump won't have consistent minutes in the postseason.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 16 - 12:19 AM

J.R. Smith will not start the second half against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He's probably done for the night, checking out with no points, three assists and one turnover. Smith also had a zero-point game on Apr. 10, but he did have a huge game on Monday with 28 points. Needless to say, he's happy to be with the Cavs on the basketball side of things.
Apr 15 - 9:34 PM

Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will not start the second half against the Wizards on Wednesday.

There's no rest for the weary, but there's plenty of rest in Wizards at Cavs. Love should be done for the night, checking out with 19 points, three boards and five 3-pointers. Additionally, when LeBron James was asked who the MVP was this season, he said "Kevin Love."
Apr 15 - 9:22 PM

LeBron James will rest as a precaution during Wednesday's season finale.

Kyrie Irving (hip) will play but all of the Cavs' key players will have their minutes curtailed, according to coach David Blatt. This is a disappointing end to LeBron's regular season, though it's also predictable since the Cavaliers are locked into the No. 2 seed in the East -- they'll play the Celtics in the first round.
Apr 15 - 6:22 PM

Kyrie Irving (hip) will play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday, though he will be on a minute-limit.

The rest of Cleveland's starters will also be limited, and LeBron James is resting as a precaution, so consider all your options before locking too many Cavs into active fantasy lineups.
Apr 15 - 6:21 PM

LeBron James triple-doubled in Monday's 109-97 win over the Pistons on Monday, scoring 21 points on 7-of-17 shooting (including three treys) with 10 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one block.

LeBron's status on Wednesday is questionable until we hear otherwise, but we're not going to put him on the injury report until we get some news to that effect.
Apr 14 - 12:34 AM

Timofey Mozgov double-doubled with 16 points and 13 rebounds in Monday's win over the Pistons.

Mozgov didn't have a steal or block and he has been a substandard option at center lately, averaging 10.8 points with 6.8 boards but just 1.3 combined steals and blocks over the last four games. Add in 58.3 percent shooting from the foul line and 3.0 turnovers per game in that span and you'd have to be targeting points and boards to get any value out of him.
Apr 14 - 12:31 AM

Kevin Love (rest) returned to action on Monday against the Pistons, scoring just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes.

Love is a rest candidate considering how banged up he is this year, and it's going to be hard to trust him after a performance like this. The only thing he has going for him is that the Cavs would love for him to heat up before the playoffs. All told, he's a risky start even if he's active on Wednesday against the Wizards.
Apr 14 - 12:28 AM

J.R. Smith (rest) returned to action on Monday against the Pistons, scoring 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting (including eight threes) with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 31 minutes.

Smith is among the candidates for waiver wire pickup of the year and he could go either way in the Cavs' final game -- he could get all the shots or David Blatt could rest him. Keep an eye on the wire and if he's a go, he should be in your lineup.
Apr 14 - 12:25 AM

Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2-of-8 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in Monday's win.

Shump did his damage in 24 minutes and he's a good place to start when considering who might get heavy usage in the Cavs' final game. There is also some risk that he is rested too, but he's well worth a look.
Apr 14 - 12:20 AM

Kyrie Irving (hip) will not return to Monday's game against the Pistons.

He is resting as a precaution, so he should be ready to go for the playoffs. For now, we're not expecting him to play on Wednesday. Irving finished with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Matthew Dellavedova started the second half.
Apr 13 - 8:27 PM

The Cavs will not rest players on Monday night against the Pistons.

It's a home game for the Cavs, so they're not going to rest guys like they did in Sunday's game in Boston. Start LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in all leagues.
Apr 13 - 5:22 PM

James Jones was productive off the Cavs' bench during Sunday's blowout loss to the Celtics, putting up 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting (5-of-5 from the stripe), one 3-pointer, four rebounds and a block through 26 minutes of action.

Jones took the most of his opportunity today, but he'll return to being a negligible option in all leagues when the Cavs' get their regular starters back for Tuesday's game vs. Detroit. Jones can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Apr 12 - 6:07 PM


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