Player News - Cavaliers

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Jeff Green scored just six points on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

As expected, Green was deployed as an energy guy off the bench and isn't going to have any consistent fantasy value while LeBron James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love are healthy. He finished 3-of-8 from the field with one turnover in 14 minutes. Leave him on the wire.
Oct 17 - 11:13 PM

J.R. Smith scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

Dwyane Wade started and scored eight points in 29 minutes, while Smith came off the bench and played 22 minutes. He grabbed four rebounds with one assist and one 3-pointer, but it's clear that he's not going to be a reliable option in 12-team fantasy leagues. He'll get a small bump every time Wade rests, though.
Oct 17 - 11:09 PM

Tristan Thompson came off the bench and played just 19 minutes vs. the Celtics on Tuesday, finishing with five points, six rebounds, two assists and two turnovers.

He was 2-of-3 from the field, but hit just 1-of-3 from the line. His free throw shooting was his biggest concern last season (49.8 percent), but now his workload is trending in the wrong direction with the Cavs starting a small-ball lineup with Kevin Love at center. There will be nights when the Cavs will need Thompson to play more, but he's a low-end fantasy asset at best.
Oct 17 - 11:05 PM

Dwyane Wade was held to eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in Tuesday's season-opening win over Boston.

He added three assists, one rebound, one block and four turnovers in 29 minutes. The numbers don't tell the whole story, as Wade still looked spry at the age of 35. The Cavaliers used him as the starting SG and the backup PG, so he should have some decent value. The only concern is that the Cavs may monitor his workload throughout the season and that includes maintenance days -- the eventual return of Isaiah Thomas (hip) will hurt him too.
Oct 17 - 11:02 PM

Jae Crowder looked good in Cleveland's starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Boston, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

His usage rate isn't going to be as high in Cleveland, but it looks like he'll still get minutes in the 30s. Crowder finished just 3-of-10 from the field, but hit all four of his free throws with one turnover. As long as he sticks in the starting lineup, Crowder will have a chance to produce mid-round value for his ability to rack up steals and 3-pointers.
Oct 17 - 10:56 PM

Derrick Rose shot just 5-of-14 from the field in his Cavaliers debut vs. Boston on Tuesday, finishing with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, one triple and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

Coming off yet another knee surgery, Rose still showed some explosion, but his shot selection was poor and his defense wasn't great either. To be fair, he's still adjusting to his new teammates and did have some positive moments as well. Rose's upside obviously isn't great and he was used off the ball a lot, so treat him like a low-end guard in 9-category leagues until Isaiah Thomas (hip) returns around the new year.
Oct 17 - 10:49 PM

Kevin Love posted a double-double vs. Boston on Tuesday, finishing with 15 points, 11 rebounds and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

He got a quick hook in the first quarter after a pair of quick fouls, but he finally got into a rhythm down the stretch after a four-point first half. Love finished 4-of-9 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line with a couple turnovers. He started at center tonight and the Cavaliers are hoping to "unleash" him this season by giving him more touches, so his fantasy owners should be expecting a lot more after this somewhat quiet start. He did miss some time in the preseason due to "tightness," but he was moving around fine tonight for the most part.
Oct 17 - 10:42 PM

LeBron James (ankle) looked terrific in Tuesday's 102-99 win over Boston, scoring 29 points (12-of-19 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with 16 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks, one triple and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

All the concerns about his ankle went out the window in the opening minute when LeBron swatted Jayson Tatum's first shot attempt. He'll be 33 in December, but LeBron hasn't lost a step and carried his team down the stretch, scoring 13 of his 29 points in the final quarter. His fantasy owners may have to worry about some maintenance days later on, but he'll be a top-10 fantasy option every time he's active.
Oct 17 - 10:38 PM

LeBron James (ankle) will play in Tuesday's season opener against the Celtics.

Head coach Tyronn Lue confirmed that King James won't be dealing with any sort of minutes restrictions tonight, so owners can feel free to fire him up for what should be an intense matchup against his former teammate, Kyrie Irving. Get your popcorn ready, the season is finally here.
Oct 17 - 6:26 PM

LeBron James (ankle) participated in shootaround but will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's season opener vs. the Celtics.

LeBron obviously wants to suit up for the much-anticipated matchup with Kyrie Irving and the Celtics; however, the Cavs also understand this is just one of 82 games. Still, the fact that LeBron was able to practice on Monday and shoot around with the team Tuesday morning are encouraging signs. We should have confirmation, one way or the other, about 90 minutes before tip-off.
Oct 17 - 11:22 AM

Cavaliers coach Ty Lue said he "really doesn't know" if LeBron James (ankle) will play in the season opener vs. Boston on Tuesday.

Lue added that he's preparing as if he will play, and it's a good sign that LeBron participated in Monday's light practice. He was getting up some extra shots after practice and was reportedly moving well, so his fantasy owners should expect to have him in their lineups. For what it's worth, J.R. Smith said we can expect to see LBJ out there on opening night.
Oct 16 - 12:46 PM

Kevin Love downplayed the 'tightness' that caused him to sit out Friday's preseason finale.

"My 10th year you can put 'old' on [the injury report]," Love joked. "They did that for [Tim] Duncan two years back." He added that he intended to play on Friday but was told at the last minute that Channing Frye would start in his place, so this was the epitome of a cautionary DNP. Love should be ready to roll vs. the Celtics on Tuesday.
Oct 15 - 8:06 PM

LeBron James (ankle) went through about a quarter of Sunday's practice and remains uncertain for Cleveland's season opener against the Celtics on Tuesday.

James tweaked his ankle during a preseason game on October 9, and it does seem like him missing opening night is a very real possibility at this point. We should have more than a few updates on King James leading up to Tuesday's tip, but if he is forced to miss the first game of the season, that would open up some minutes for guys like Jae Crowder, J.R. Smith and Jeff Green, while Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade would be tasked with the heavy lifting on offense. Stay tuned.

Dwyane Wade scored 15 points in just 12 minutes against the Magic on Friday, adding two rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

He was crafty with his bucket-getting all preseason and perhaps the demise of Wade has been greatly exaggerated. At 35 and on a team that has already been open about resting players, the Cavs will likely be taking it easy on Wade throughout the regular season. While he'll have his fair share of great games, he could be an annoying player to own with the DNPs coming this season.
Oct 13 - 10:18 PM

Ante Zizic scored 10 points with two rebounds in 17 minutes on Friday.

He's been called a project, but he definitely has an NBA body as a seven-foot, 250-pound center. Zizic won't be in the rotation and is likely headed to the G League.
Oct 13 - 10:12 PM


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