Player News - Cavaliers

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Iman Shumpert (knee) is expected to play against the Bulls on Thursday.

He went through a full practice on Wednesday with no issues, so he should be all set. With all of their losses lately, the Cavs could use him because J.R. Smith has not had much success in the starting lineup. Shumpert has missed his last two games and was playing minutes in the low 20s before his injury, so he's not really someone fantasy owners should add here.
Mar 29 - 2:41 PM

Kyle Korver (foot) will miss the Cavs next three games, but he says he's seen "progress" and is hopeful he won't miss the remainder of the regular season.

"I’m hopeful just a few days here to completely shut down and not trying to test it out and see how it feels," said Korver. "It’s just not quite where it needs to be for me to play like I’m really being me. Everyone keeps saying we’re going to play basketball for a long time. Get it right for the playoffs." Korver said the training staff is trying out new pads in his shoes to alleviate the soreness. J.R Smith will continue to start and log heavy minutes.
Mar 28 - 12:22 PM

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue hinted on Monday that he may be willing to sacrifice the top seed in the East in order to rest his best players.

The Cavs are currently a half game behind Boston; however, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are second and 14th in the NBA in minutes, respectively. Speaking with reporters, Lue explained he had been a part of teams in the past where the coaching staff decided resting key players was more important than playoff positioning. "It's crossed my mind," Lue said. "I might get in trouble [with NBA commissioner Adam Silver], so I don't know." For what it's worth, LeBron said: "Coach is going to have his logic of things, but at the end of the day, we need to play."
Mar 28 - 10:36 AM

LeBron James (neck) said he will be ready to play on Thursday vs. the Bulls.

LeBron took an elbow to the spine near the base of his neck in the third quarter of Monday night's loss to the Spurs. He did not return to the game. However, James downplayed the injury afterward, and he will have two full days to rest before the Cavs next contest. It's safe to assume the Cavs would prefer to limit LeBron's minutes and potentially rest him to keep him fresh for the playoffs, but with Boston overtaking Cleveland for the top seed in the East, they may not have that luxury.
Mar 28 - 9:06 AM

Kevin Love was limited to just nine points with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals over 27 minutes in Monday's 103-74 lopsided loss in San Antonio.

The Big 3 combined for just 34 total points across 83 minutes in a game which looked like a JV team taking on the Varsity side. Sure, the Cavaliers are banged up, but who isn't at this point of the NBA grind? The defending champs looked completely underprepared and overwhelmed against the Spurs. Love is averaging just 12.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists over his past four games. Those numbers aren't close to his season totals.
Mar 27 - 11:41 PM

Kyrie Irving managed just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting in Monday's 103-74 blowout loss in San Antonio.

Remember the Alamo? Remember when the Cavaliers were in first place in the Eastern Conference? That was earlier in the day. Kyrie, LeBron and the wine and gold slipped to a half-game back of the idle Boston Celtics for the top spot in the East with this embarrassing, costly loss. The Cavs are not a well-oiled machine right now and they have precious few days to get it together before the games really start to be meaningful. The eight points for Irving matched his worst since a 3-of-17 shooting performance Nov. 5, 2016 at Philadelphia.
Mar 27 - 11:36 PM

LeBron James (neck) did not return to Monday's game at San Antonio after taking an elbow to the base of the neck in the third quarter.

James likely left as a precaution, perhaps his neck was hurt, but also a bit of his pride took a shot, too. The game was well out of hand by the point he checked out and went to the locker room. LeBron will have two full days to recover before the Cavaliers, now in second place in the Eastern Conference, hit the court in the Windy City on Thursday night.
Mar 27 - 11:24 PM

Iman Shumpert (sore right knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

This will be his second straight game on the shelf, but he's day-to-day unlike Kyle Korver (foot) -- Korver is out for the week. Look for J.R. Smith to log heavy minutes on the wings tonight, but he's a boom-or-bust option because of his volatile FG percentage.
Mar 27 - 6:36 PM

Kyle Korver (foot) will miss at least the next three games for Cleveland.

Korver is going to miss Monday's game in San Antonio, Thursday's game in Chicago and Friday's game against Philadelphia, and with the Cavs saying "at least three games," it seems there's a good chance he could miss Sunday's matchup with Indiana as well. Iman Shumpert (knee) will be joining Korver on the sidelines tonight, so J.R. Smith should get all the minutes he can handle. At this point in the fantasy season, Korver isn't worth hanging onto in most leagues.
Mar 27 - 6:35 PM

Kyle Korver (foot) said he will be re-evaluated prior to Thursday night's game vs. the Bulls.

Korver will not play Monday vs. San Antonio, so J.R. Smith should be looking at minutes in the 30s tonight. Korver has now undergone two MRIs on his sore left foot, both of which have come back clean, but he acknowledged that his foot "never really felt all the way right," when he returned on March 19 from a seven-game absence. With the Cavs focused on the Finals, Korver may not play again during the regular-season, so he's a cut candidate in all leagues.
Mar 27 - 2:36 PM

Iman Shumpert (sore right knee) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Spurs.

This isn't the same knee that Shumpert has had multiple surgeries on, and with Kyle Korver (foot) on the shelf, hopefully Shumpert will try to give it a go. If not, look for J.R. Smith to take on a heavy workload vs. the Spurs. Shumpert belongs on the waiver wire anyways.
Mar 27 - 11:18 AM

Kyle Korver (foot) will not play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

Not good. He's dealing with left foot soreness again, the same issue that sidelined him for seven games earlier this month. Fantasy owners can't mess around during the playoffs, and considering coach Tyronn Lue doesn't know when the sharpshooter will return, it makes sense to evaluate other options. With Iman Shumpert (sore right knee) considered questionable, J.R. Smith should get a lot of burn.
Mar 27 - 11:12 AM

Larry Sanders is headed down for a D-League stint.

He hasn't managed to contribute a single statistic to the box score through his four minutes of total playing time, so he'll get some reps with Cleveland's D-League squad. Unless something catastrophic happens to Cleveland's frontcourt, Sanders won't have any fantasy value this year.
Mar 26 - 2:21 PM

LeBron James (eye) scored 24 points during a 127-115 loss to the Wizards on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, eight assists, one block and three turnovers in 41 minutes.

He had some goggles on to start the game, but he ditched them in the first quarter after he missed a 3-pointer. After this loss, the Cavs are now just 0.5 games ahead of the Celtics in the standings. A big reason why has been their defense, giving up a league-worst 115.0 defensive rating in their last 14 games. LeBron's fantasy owners can view this as a positive because he's less likely to be rested late.
Mar 25 - 10:32 PM

Kyrie Irving made 8-of-23 from the field for 23 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

It was a game Irving may want to forget. He couldn't knock down jumpers while John Wall just did whatever he wanted on shot selection. The Cavs are now just 0.5 games ahead of the Celtics for the No. 1 seed, which could make it less likely Irving gets additional rest.
Mar 25 - 10:21 PM

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