Player News - Cavaliers

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LeBron James scored 36 points in a 106-90 win against the Wolves on Saturday with six rebounds, five assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

That rest served him well and the Cavs finished extremely strong, outscoring the Wolves 30-11 in the fourth quarter. The Cavs have won 10 straight and LeBron has been on cruise control while he is active. He did a wrist injury to cost him a game on Wednesday and he also had back and knee trouble, so he might have a tough time staying healthy. Still, he'll be a monster while he's active.
Feb 1 - 1:08 AM

Kevin Love scored 14 points with 17 rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in his return to the Target Center on Saturday.

There was a mixture of boos and cheers for Love and the Wolves did give him a tribute video in his return. Love's offseason wasn't great and he made it clear he didn't want to be in Minnesota anymore. As for this season, he's having a tough time staying healthy and has been benched down the stretch on multiple occasions. Still, he can be viewed as a top-25 fantasy asset.
Feb 1 - 1:03 AM

J.R. Smith cooled off against the Wolves on Saturday with five points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He has been hit and miss in his last five, averaging 10.2 points, 1.6 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 treys on 33.9 percent from the field. Smith's honeymoon period is over and his shots will go down now that the Cavs are healthy, so he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
Feb 1 - 12:55 AM

The Cavaliers will pick up Timofey Mosgov's $4.9 million team option for next season according to Sportando.

Mozgov is literally a huge reason why the Cavaliers have had so much success in recent weeks, and the decision to bring him back couldn't have been any easier. Mozgov is going to be a double-double threat every night from here on out, so he is going to be worth owing in most leagues.
Source: Sportando
Jan 31 - 1:28 PM

LeBron James played through his right (shooting) wrist injury in the Cavs' 101-90 win over the Kings on Friday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, seven assists, four steals, two blocks and six turnovers.

James appeared to aggravate his wrist injury during a fall but he appears to be able to play through it so owners can cautiously expect this to pass. Timofey Mozgov added seven points, eight boards, one steal and three blocks in the win.
Jan 31 - 1:18 AM

Kevin Love scored 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting (including two threes) with 10 rebounds and three assists in Friday's win over the Kings.

Love took advantage of a checked-out opponent but given all of the nagging injuries and general disappointment this season, who cares? If you're tired of Love this might be a good moment to sell high.
Jan 31 - 1:10 AM

J.R. Smith scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds, five assists and four steals in Friday's easy win over the Kings.

The Kings are terrible right now but regardless Smith earns a lot of goodwill with owners after this one. Iman Shumpert logged 22 minutes and didn't do much, as so far it looks like Smith will have some staying power.
Jan 31 - 1:07 AM

LeBron James (wrist) will play against the Kings on Friday.

Well, most DFS owners can change their plans now. James usually doesn't play limited minutes, so his fantasy owners can plug him back in. If you were expecting Kyrie Irving to have another 55-point game, it's a little less likely now. J.R. Smith also takes a hit here.
Jan 30 - 6:47 PM

LeBron James (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Kings.

LeBron is going to go through a pregame evaluation, which could change things, but he is still considered doubtful for tonight's game. If James sits, Shawn Marion will likely draw another start at SF, but the main beneficiaries of his absence will be Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. J.R. Smith will also have some more opportunities to create on offense.

LeBron James (wrist) was a limited participant during shootaround, and he remains doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

James has been taking more time off than usual this season, and that has to be frustrating to owners who burned a No. 1 or 2 overall selection on him on draft day. If James sits, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will be the primary beneficiaries, with J.R. Smith also seeing some increased opportunities on offense.
Jan 30 - 11:19 AM

Kevin Love said that he is feeling good physically, and while Chris Kaman's knee to his thigh hurt, he is a go for Friday's game against the Kings.

Those that made a speculative add of Tristan Thompson with the hopes that Love would be unavailable Friday should now temper their expectations. Love will draw a very favorable matchup against the Kings on Friday, and if LeBron James (wrist) is again sidelined, Love will have plenty of opportunity on offense. Stay tuned.
Jan 30 - 11:12 AM

LeBron James (wrist) declined comment to reporters after Wednesday's win in order to let Kyrie Irving have the spotlight following his 55-point game.

"I'm going to kindly decline to talk to you guys," James said after the game. "This is his night." James sat out Wednesday's game due to a sore wrist, so we'll have to await word on the extent of his injury. He'll have some time to recuperate since the Cavs don't play until Friday, but J.R. Smith would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary (outside of Kyrie Irving) if James sits again.
Source: ESPN
Jan 29 - 10:00 AM

Tristan Thompson hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

He has no fantasy value as long as the Cavs are healthy, but with LeBron James sidelined and Kevin Love now dealing with a left knee issue, Thompson could quickly become relevant again. Keep an eye on injury updates for Love, and think about grabbing TT if it becomes apparent that Love could miss time.
Jan 28 - 10:40 PM

J.R. Smith hit just 5-of-12 shots and 1-of-6 3-pointers for 11 points, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

The key is that he played 38 minutes and if that trend continues, it's just a matter of time before he puts up a monster line. And it's especially likely to happen if LeBron James keeps missing games with a wrist injury.
Jan 28 - 10:38 PM

Timofey Mozgov had 12 points, 10 rebounds and a block in Wednesday's win over the Blazers.

The Cavs have now won eight straight games after losing six straight, and 10-of-12 prior to their latest winning streak. Mozgov has been instrumental in the run and is averaging 10.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last five games. He struggled in his two previous outings, totaling just eight points and 13 rebounds, but got back on track tonight. He's recorded a double-double in four of his last six games, as well.
Jan 28 - 10:36 PM


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