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Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said he's been very impressed by J.R. Smith's defense.

After Smith poured in eight three-pointers in Game 1 on Wednesday, Blatt made sure to commend Smiths' improved defense. "He pays attention to scouting reports and works hard on that end of the court," Blatt told me a few weeks ago. "J.R. has been great." For his part, Smith may have given the quote of the day in saying, "I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day. It's kind of boring when you take open shots." As long as he continues his hot streak, Smith is a must-start in all fantasy formats.
May 21 - 1:44 PM

Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said the team has not discussed shutting down Kyrie Irving (knee).

This is good news for Cavs fans as the team can't afford to lose another star after losing Kevin Love (shoulder) for the season. Blatt added that he's hopeful Irving will be able to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Friday, so while Irving likely own't be at 100 percent for the rest of the playoffs, it sounds like he'll be in the Cavaliers lineup as long as he doesn't further injure his knee.
May 21 - 1:16 PM

LeBron James said Tristan Thompson is one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the NBA.

James said Thompson's biggest defensive improvement this season has been his communication and that has led to the 24-year-old becoming one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the league.Thompson has been a nightly double-double threat since entering the starting lineup for Kevin Love (shoulder) and he's now averaging 12.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.0 percent shooting from the field in his last five games.
May 21 - 12:56 PM

Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said he's hopeful that Kyrie Irving (knee) will be able to play in Game 2 on Friday.

While Irving hasn't said anything that would lead us to believe he'd miss Game 2, Blatt took a more conservative approach in his comments. "It's a matter of discomfort and having to deal with the elements and play through it," Blatt said. "We hope he can go and as long as Ky thinks he can be out there, there's no reason that he can't." He may not end up missing any games, but Irving will most likely be limited throughout the playoffs due to his balky knee.
May 21 - 12:19 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) said he's trying to gut through his knee injury, but added that it's one of the most frustrating stretches of his career.

Irving aggravated his knee injury in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 1 win over the Hawks and was only able to log 27 minutes. "This is obviously one of the most frustrating things I've ever dealt with," he said after the game. "We do days and days and go out there and it's nothing like simulating a game so for me, I just have to continue to do what I've been doing and do whatever is necessary to put myself out there. I'm all about winning. That's the only thing that matters." Irving is unlikely to be at 100 percent for the rest of the playoffs, but he's a tough start for fantasy owners as his value is limited due to injury.
May 21 - 9:36 AM

LeBron James made 12-of-26 from the field for 31 points during a 97-89 Game 1 win on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

He almost blew the game late because of an isolation festival and the Hawks defended him fairly well. James did have more trouble with Paul Millsap than any other Hawk and he'll likely see a lot more of him in Game 2. Tonight was LeBron's first ever Game 1 road win, failing to accomplish that feat in his eight tries. He and the Cavs will look to take a commanding lead on Friday in Atlanta.
May 20 - 11:52 PM

Kyrie Irving played 27 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.

He wasn't his highlight-reel self with dribbling, but that was probably by design because he wasn't 100 percent. Coach David Blatt said Irving was "banged up a little bit" and that's why his minutes were lower than expected. He may be limited for the rest of this series and also admitted he aggravated his knee injury today.
May 20 - 11:45 PM

J.R. Smith caught fire against the Hawks during a Game 1 win on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and eight 3-pointers.

He scored all 28 of the Cleveland bench points and coach David Blatt was pleased. "When he gets hot, he gets smokin' hot," Blatt said. Smith is obviously happy to be in Cleveland instead of with the Knicks. He'll look to tell his critics to pipe down again in Game 2 on Friday.
May 20 - 11:40 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) will start against the Hawks on Wednesday night.

He is not 100 percent and coach David Blatt will get all he can out of him. "Hopefully he’ll be able to play this series in a better physical state," Blatt said. The Hawks are going to do everything they can to stop LeBron, so Kyrie should have plenty of chances to score.
May 20 - 8:29 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) said that he is feeling good, and all signs point to him playing in Game 1 vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

He went through a light practice on Tuesday and said that he would ready to play in Game 1, so things are starting to look up for Cleveland. The Cavaliers have been off since May 14, so Irving should be relatively fresh for tonight's game. We will have another update prior to tip-off, but it's safe to assume that Irving will be in the starting lineup.
May 20 - 10:48 AM

Tristan Thompson said that his bruised left shoulder is feeling better, and that he's "ready to bang" for Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Hawks.

Since Thompson has entered the starting lineup, he has compiled averages of 8.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He had some nice games against the Bulls in Cleveland's second-round series, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat going forward.
May 19 - 2:56 PM

Cavs coach David Blatt said that Kyrie Irving (knee, ankle) had "another light, but good day" at practice on Tuesday.

Irving has said that he'll be ready to play in Game 1 on Wednesday, and while it's unlikely he'll be 100 percent healthy, he should be able to be well rested enough to contribute at a meaningful level. Through four regular-season games against the Hawks this year, Irving compiled averages of 21.0 points, 6.0 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, 1.8 steals and 3.3 turnovers per game on 49.2 percent shooting from the field. Cleveland will need as much as they get from Kyrie if they hope to advance to the Finals.
May 19 - 2:50 PM

Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel with the Cavs to Atlanta for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, as his shoulder still isn't quite ready for flying.

Cleveland will be without $15.7 million cheerleader for road games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Tristan Thompson will need to continue to be a glass-eater for the Cavs if they hope to upset the East's No. 1 seed. Thompson did have some very good games in Cleveland's second-round series despite a tough matchup with Chicago, so he'll be someone to consider in daily leagues moving forward.
May 19 - 2:10 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) said he'll be ready to play in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Hawks.

After finishing a post-practice game of Around the World with LeBron James, Irving removed any doubt over his status for Wednesday. "I'm going to go," Irving said after Monday's practice. "Just being able to actually feel both my feet underneath me, especially when I'm shooting, it feels amazing." While he likely won't be fully healthy for the rest of the playoffs, Irving can safely be started in all fantasy formats.
Source: NBA.com
May 19 - 12:03 PM

Updating a previous item, Kyrie Irving (knee) went through practice on Monday and vowed to play in Game 1.

Coach David Blatt said he was "encouraged" by Kyrie's participation, and this is a much more optimistic take ahead of Wednesday's Game 1 than was being presented at any point over the weekend. We expect Irving to be in his usual place in the starting lineup, but he won't be 100 percent healthy.
May 18 - 1:26 PM


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