Player News - Cavaliers

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Coach David Blatt said he benched Kevin Love in the fourth quarter because of the matchup.

"The way that Orlando was playing, they didn't make a particular substitution and we were just matched up so well defensively, we decided to not to go with it," Blatt said. "Certainly to Kevin's credit, he actually kind of recognized it and supported that." There was never really much of a concern to begin with and it shouldn't be a problem unless this becomes a trend.
Dec 27 - 2:48 PM

LeBron James had a strong finish during a 98-89 win over the Magic on Friday with 29 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes.

He had some leg tightness and wasn't himself in the first half. James was the main option on offense and basically did everything after halftime. In fact, he posted a usage rate of 34.7 and an assist percentage of 71.4 to help his team earn the win. James also had a true shooting percentage of 68.1 and a defensive rebound rate of 30.8. Translation: LeBron is good.
Dec 26 - 10:41 PM

Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Magic on Friday, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He played the entire third quarter and had a handful of awful defensive possessions. Considering the Cavs were missing 40 percent of their starting lineup with Kyrie Irving (knee) and Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out, this was a major surprise. The Cavs might have played their best defensive quarter of the season while Love sat, but there's still no need to panic. He should be back for his regular rotation on Saturday.
Dec 26 - 10:34 PM

Matthew Dellavedova played 36 minutes in a start for Kyrie Irving (knee) on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

This is pretty much what we expected out of Dellavedova. He is more of a catch-and-shoot guy and isn't going to handle the offense while LeBron James is on the floor. He's only a low-end guy in deep leagues for short-term value.
Dec 26 - 10:27 PM

Dion Waiters played 33 minutes off the bench on Friday with 17 points, three rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block.

He was calling for the ball throughout the game and doesn't seem to care that LeBron James is one of the best players in the NBA. Waiters isn't going to play this much most nights and this was due more to Kyrie Irving sitting out due to a knee contusion. Unless you don't like the guy on the end of your bench, there's not much of a reason to add Waiters.
Dec 26 - 10:15 PM

Tristan Thompson played 40 minutes against the Magic on Friday with nine points, 13 rebounds, one steal and one block.

He had six offensive boards and that's how he's going to have to produce on offense. Thompson's ceiling isn't more than around top 80 because of poor shooting and not much besides boards and points, so he's a low-end player to own in standard leagues. Plus, his playing time was a little inflated tonight with Kevin Love being benched.
Dec 26 - 10:09 PM

Tristan Thompson will start at center against the Magic on Friday.

The Cavs don't really draw up plays for him, so most of his output on offense is going to come off the offensive glass. For what it's worth, he only has a usage rate of 15.1 when he's on the floor with LeBron James and Kevin Love. He's a decent bet for a double-double with not much else.
Dec 26 - 6:20 PM

Matthew Dellavedova will start against the Magic on Friday in place of Kyrie Irving (knee).

While he will get plenty of minutes, Dellavedova is not going to be handling the ball too much and will likely act more like a shooting guard. He has a tiny usage rate of just 11.6 this season, so don't expect him to score much. Dellavedova is still a punt play in DFS or in deep leagues.
Dec 26 - 6:17 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play against the Magic on Friday.

Wow. He must have had some pain in warmups due to his contusion from Thursday. Irving has multiple minor knee injuries and the last thing the Cavs need would be for him to make it worse. With Irving out, expect Matthew Dellavedova to play most of his minutes at point guard, which will also open up minutes at shooting guard for Dion Waiters. Fantasy owners could give Delly and Dion a look as a plug-and-play.
Dec 26 - 6:13 PM

Anderson Varejao underwent surgery on Friday to repair his torn Achilles and he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

The Cavs surprised everyone by starting Shawn Marion, and not Tristan Thompson, on Christmas but Thompson ended up playing more minutes during that game anyway. It seems like only a matter of time until Thompson finds himself in the starting lineup, and for that reason he should be owned in all leagues.
Dec 26 - 5:49 PM

LeBron James (leg) will play against the Magic on Friday.

He had leg tightness on Friday and there is no indication he'll have any restrictions. He'll start off with Tobias Harris against him in this one, so he'll likely use his post-up game a bit less than usual. Obviously, LeBron is a must start and it's worth mention he had a 29-point, 11-dime game against Orlando on Nov. 24.
Dec 26 - 5:39 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee contusion) and LeBron James (leg tightness) will play on Friday against the Magic.

Irving had a minor issue late in Thursday's game and was a bit of a bigger question mark for tonight, but it sounds like he's good to go. He should see his normal amount of playing time and will likely turn rookie Elfrid Payton into a pretzel tonight. Start him.
Dec 26 - 5:35 PM

Dion Waiters hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.

His steals and blocks helped make up for a lack of scoring today and Waiters will continue to be a hit-or-miss player on most nights as long as he's coming off the bench.
Dec 25 - 8:21 PM

Tristan Thompson came off the bench and had six points, nine rebounds and a block in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

He played 26 minutes and came off the bench behind Shawn Marion, who had just two points and five rebounds in 19 minutes. We're guessing Thompson still has a good shot at starting at center going forward, as Anderson Vareajao is out for the year, but even if he's coming off the bench, he's worth owning in all leagues until further notice.
Dec 25 - 8:19 PM

LeBron James hit 9-of-16 shots, 10-of-18 free throws and two 3-pointers for 30 points, four rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

He didn't have a steal or block and his free throw shooting wasn't good, but he still came through for his owners, despite leaving the game briefly with "left leg tightness." The Cavs, after losing Anderson Varejao for the season, have some issues on defense and simply don't look like one of the East's elite teams right now. But there's a long way to go and they still have plenty of time to get things figured out.
Dec 25 - 8:13 PM


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