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Cavs coach Tyronn Lue dismissed criticism about his decision to play LeBron James 43.8 minutes per game during Cleveland's first-round sweep of the Pacers.

"I don’t understand why people make a big deal out of his minutes," Lue said. "He had a week off before the series started. We won four straight games and then he had a week off again. So next [game] he might play 48 minutes." Lue also said that giving LeBron heavy minutes during the regular season "has helped him in the playoffs ... Now he is able to play those 42, 43 minutes." It's music to the ears of anyone relying on LBJ for fantasy purposes in the postseason.
Source: AP
Apr 27 - 12:38 AM

Deron Williams said he's starting to feel more comfortable in the Cavs' system.

"Any time you go to another team in the middle of the season, it’s going to be an adjustment," Williams said. "Add to it, it’s the defending champs, a lot of pressure, and it was a different situation for me than I had ever been in in my career. Coming off the bench, playing short minutes... I feel like I’ve had a little bit over two months now and I’ve adjusted and figured things out." Williams has brought some nice playmaking to Cleveland's second unit, but he's not getting enough minutes to warrant consideration in fantasy hoops.
Apr 26 - 10:51 AM

LeBron James helped the Cavs complete their first-round sweep of the Pacers on Sunday with 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 45 minutes.

James has now won 21-straight first-round games, which is the longest streak by any player since 1984, and this was also his 10th sweep in a Best-of-7 playoff series which amounts to the most sweeps by any player in NBA history. He basically got whatever he wanted all game long, had an incredible chase-down block during the third quarter, and hit a dagger 3-pointer during the closing minutes; so, par for the course for King James.
Apr 23 - 4:30 PM

Kyrie Irving scored 28 points on 10-of-25 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Pacers, to go with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, one steal, three blocks and one turnover in 37 minutes.

Irving was able to find his own shot, but he didn't do a great job of getting his teammates involved, as evidenced by his zero assists. Still, he carried the Cavs offensively through the third quarter of action when he scored 16 of his 28 points while posting a usage rate of 37.1, so he still had a major impact in the game despite bringing doughnuts to the assist column.
Apr 23 - 4:20 PM

Kevin Love was held to five points on 2-of-13 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Pacers, adding 16 rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one block and four turnovers in 35 minutes.

Love got off to a slow start offensively in this one, not even getting his first bucket until the final minute of the second quarter, but he made his presence felt on the glass all game long. In general, he was solid through the first-round, owning averages of 15.5 points, 9.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.3 triples and 2.5 turnovers per game, and he should continue to flirt with these numbers in Round 2.
Apr 23 - 4:10 PM

J.R. Smith scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, two boards, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

Smith was quiet through Cleveland’s first-round series, owning meager averages of 6.8 points, 1.8 triples and not much else on 45.0 percent shooting. He spent a lot of energy chasing around Paul George and was only operating with a usage rate of 10.2 (down from 14.5 during the regular-season), but maybe he’ll start going during Round 2. Smith also nearly blew the game for Cleveland with a bonehead turnover during the closing seconds, which can be viewed in the link below.
Apr 23 - 4:07 PM

Kevin Love said he won't have any extra motivation in Game 4 after getting benched in the fourth quarter of Game 3 along with Kyrie Irving.

"No, that's silly," Love said. "If anything, we look at it like that was great for that second unit and those guys stepping up for us. It will give them a lot of confidence, give us a lot of confidence in all sorts of positions and situations that they can help us win. If they can do that, then now we got to go out with the first unit, especially in the first half, and play better." Love was incredible in the first two games of the series against Indiana, so expect a bounce-back performance on Sunday as the Cavs attempt to sweep the Pacers.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 10:09 AM

LeBron James had one of his signature moments during a 119-114 win over the Pacers in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 41 points with 13 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, two blocks and six 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

Despite the Cavs giving up 74 points in the first half and trailing by 26 points at one point, LeBron led an incredible comeback with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving both on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. He played the entire fourth quarter to help him get just the seventh 40-point triple-double in NBA playoff history -- it was the 17th triple-double of LeBron's playoff career. The King also has a 20-game winning streak in the first round of the playoffs, so he'll look to make it 21 and sweep the Pacers on Sunday. Sure, there are some major defensive concerns, but is it really that big of a problem when LeBron is locked in?
Apr 20 - 10:45 PM

Kyrie Irving scored 13 points in 28 minutes against the Pacers during a Game 3 win on Thursday, adding two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer.

After a monster 37-point gem in Game 2, Irving did not play in the final 16 minutes of this comeback win. Maybe it was because Irving was just 4-of-17 from the field, but coach Ty Lue just stuck with the hot hand and it's not like the Cavs needed Kyrie's offense when LeBron James is going off. This almost certainly won't be a trend, so expect Kyrie to make a big impact in Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 20 - 10:35 PM

J.R. Smith (hamstring) scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

He was solid on the defensive end, had a big rebound and a big assist to help earn this win. Smith did not play in the second half in Game 2, but he should be feeling closer to 100 percent in Game 4 on Sunday. Expect Smith to see minutes in the upper 30s as the Cavs look to lock up this series.
Apr 20 - 10:33 PM

Kevin Love scored 13 points with six rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

He did not play in the final 14 minutes of this game as coach Ty Lue stuck with his bench guys to help LeBron James. Love was remarkably efficient in the first two games with his 88.7 true shooting percentage, but this time it was Channing Frye knocking down shots. Expect Love to get big minutes on Sunday, assuming no garbage time.
Apr 20 - 10:28 PM

J.R. Smith (hamstring) will start against the Pacers for Game 3 on Thursday.

He did not play in the second half in Game 2 due to a hamstring issue. Coach Ty Lue said he wasn't sure on the restriction for Smith, but there's a decent chance he won't be able to get to his 37 minutes from Game 1. If he is limited, that should mean more minutes for Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert.
Apr 20 - 5:41 PM

Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue said that J.R. Smith (hamstring) will be in the starting lineup if he's cleared to play in Game 3 against the Pacers on Thursday.

Smith was reportedly moving around well during Wednesday's practice, and he's stated on more than a few occasions that if it were up to him, he'd be out there, so perhaps the Cavs medical staff will allow him to play tonight. He'll likely be a game-time call, but if he is able to get back out there, Iman Shumpert won't play much more than 20 minutes. Stay tuned.
Apr 20 - 11:00 AM

J.R. Smith (hamstring) participated during Wednesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Thursday's Game 3 in Indiana.

Smith was seen jogging and getting some shots up when media was allowed into the practice facility on Wednesday and didn't appear to be all that hampered by his left hamstring, so things are trending in a positive direction regarding his status for Game 3. Smith has said that he'll play if the Cavs medical staff clears him, but given that hamstring injuries have a tendency to flare up if a player is brought back too soon, Cleveland might want to play it safe considering they're already up 2-0.
Apr 19 - 1:39 PM

J.R. Smith (left hamstring) said he will play in Game 3 vs. the Pacers if the Cavaliers let him.

"If they let me play, I'll play," he said. "My leg ain't broke." The Cavs held him out of the second half, but he didn't need an MRI and walked out of the arena without a limp. "I wanted to play. They didn't want me to play," a clearly frustrated Smith added. It sounds like the Cavs were just being cautious, but don't be surprised if he misses some time since the Cavs have a 2-0 series lead. He will have a few days to rest up before Thursday's game.
Source: ESPN
Apr 17 - 11:24 PM


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