Player News - Cavaliers

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James Jones has emerged as a role player in Cleveland's rotation, and over the past four games he has put in averages 9.8 points and 2.8 three-pointers through 22 minutes of action.

Jones has seen his role increased with Shawn Marion (hip) sitting on the sidelines, but he really doesn't do much aside from drain 3-pointers. It also should be noted that his value could take a hit once Marion does return to the lineup, so while Jones is worth a look as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, know that his time as a rotation player in Cleveland could be short-lived.
Mar 6 - 10:55 AM

LeBron James said he needs to protect himself more after being the recipient of a second flagrant foul in his last three games.

"Maybe I got to protect myself a little bit more, too," James said after taking a flagrant foul from Jonas Valanciunas during Wednesday's win over the Raptors. "I don't want to get too much involved in it because I don't want to cry about it because it's not like I'm not able to get back up, but it's a lot of plays that are just not basketball plays." Fouls aside, James has been on fire as of late with averages of 33.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 2.8 three-pointers over his last four games and is making a late-season push for NBA MVP.
Source: ESPN
Mar 5 - 10:48 AM

J.R. Smith hit 6-of-12 shots for 15 points, eight rebounds, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win.

Smith is averaging 12.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, but has shot just 39 percent over that stretch.
Mar 5 - 1:02 AM

Kyrie Irving had 26 points, eight assists and a 3-pointer on 9-of-17 shooting in Wednesday's win.

Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love all played well for the Cavs, and when that happens, they just don't lose.
Mar 5 - 12:59 AM

LeBron James didn't take kindly to a flagrant tackle by Jonas Valanciunas late in the third quarter on Wednesday, and finished the win with 29 points, six rebounds, 14 assists and three 3-pointers on 9-of-16 shooting.

He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and the 14 dimes matched his season high. The Cavs are all but a lock to finish as the No. 2 seed in the East, and an eventual Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Hawks would be fun to watch. Stay tuned.
Mar 5 - 12:57 AM

Kevin Love had 22 points, 10 rebounds and four 3-pointers on 6-of-10 shooting in Wednesday's comeback win over the Raptors.

He had an IV after Tuesday's game against the Celtics, but looked fine tonight.
Mar 5 - 12:52 AM

Kevin Love had to receive an IV after Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics and said that he may have food poisoning, but he will play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

It clearly doesn't sound like Love is 100 percent, but his owners can safely keep him in all active lineups today in a huge matchup with Toronto. Love scored just 12 points with eight boards in a blowout victory over the Celtics on Tuesday, so hopefully he will be a little more involved on offense tonight.
Mar 4 - 9:35 AM

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) returned to action on Tuesday with 18 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in an easy win vs. Boston.

He logged only 26 minutes and showed no signs of his recent injury, making 6-of-10 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws before taking a seat down the stretch. His return bumped Matthew Dellavedova back to the bench, where he went scoreless with five rebounds and seven assists.
Mar 3 - 9:35 PM

Tristan Thompson followed up Sunday's big double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes vs. the Celtics on Tuesday.

Thompson made all four of his field goal attempts but he didn't have any assists, steals or blocks, which highlights the reason he's been outside the top-150 in 8-cat leagues all year. He's a dubious source of value as long as Timofey Mozgov (10 points, six boards, three blocks) is healthy.
Mar 3 - 9:26 PM

LeBron James racked up 27 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block before taking a seat after 26 minutes of action on Tuesday.

He made 12-of-23 shots and only turned the ball over once, a rare treat from the player who ranks second in the NBA with 4.3 turnovers per game (trailing only DeMarcus Cousins). LeBron spent the past few days criticizing himself for missing eight free throws in Sunday's tough overtime loss, but it didn't take him long to put that defeat in the rearview mirror. He also passed Ray Allen on the all-time scoring list with this performance, giving him 24,507 points in his phenomenal 12-year career.
Mar 3 - 9:26 PM

Kevin Love (illness) decided to play at the last minute on Tuesday and he made 4-of-10 shots to finish with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 25 minutes.

It wasn't his best game but the Cavs didn't need more from him and he posted a +/- rating of +25 in the blowout victory. He'll be ready to go vs. the Raptors on Wednesday and his fantasy owners should only be concerned about Cleveland's brutal two-game slate in Week 23 (March 30 - April 5).
Mar 3 - 9:25 PM

James Jones scored double-digit points for the third time this season on Tuesday, making 3-of-6 shots with a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 10 points.

Jones added six boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes, taking advantage of extra opportunities with the game firmly in Cleveland's control by halftime. He has overtaken Mike Miller (12 minutes) in coach David Blatt's rotation, but Jones remains nothing more than a deep-league 3-point specialist.
Mar 3 - 9:25 PM

Kevin Love (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

Go ahead and get him active. Those that made a speculative add of Tristan Thompson expecting a big night may want to look elsewhere for production.
Mar 3 - 6:50 PM

Kevin Love (illness) is headed for a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Celtics.

Love was previously listed as probable despite not being able to go through Tuesday morning's shootaround, but he’s now looking at a game-time decision. If he's unable to go, Tristan Thompson would likely slide into the starting lineup, and he's be worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and J.R. Smith would also have more opportunities on offense. Stay tuned.

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will play Tuesday vs. Boston.

Irving will return to the starting lineup, sending Matthew Dellavedova to the bench. Irving will draw a favorable matchup against the Celtics tonight, so make sure you have him on your active roster.
Mar 3 - 5:27 PM


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