Player News - Cavaliers

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Kevin Love said he doesn't think the Cavs are underdogs in the NBA Finals.

Of course, it's not like he's going to say the Cavs are underdogs to give a new version of the Chris Paul clip from the Utah series. Love said he thought the underdog angle could be used as motivation, though. Coach Tyronn Lue also said he's not worried about the Las Vegas odds and that the team shouldn't need any motivation from that. Love's defense has vastly improved lately and it'll be interesting to see how much he's used at center against the Warriors.
May 27 - 5:26 PM

LeBron James said he didn't want to think about the Warriors on Thursday night because "it's too stressful."

To put some context on this, LeBron was asked about the Warriors just after the Cavs won the Eastern Conference, so he was talking about wanting to enjoy the win instead of talking about his upcoming opponent. James is playing some of his best ball of his career and has now scored more points in the postseason than any other player.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 4:42 PM

LeBron James dominated again during a series-clinching 135-102 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring 35 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

He racked up the records tonight. Most notably, LeBron passed Michael Jordan for the most points scored in the NBA playoffs, and he also passed Manu Ginobili for the third-most playoff 3-pointers in his career. James also has scored more points against the Celtics in the playoffs than any player has scored against any team. He owns the Eastern Conference and will head to his seventh straight NBA Finals, which is tied for the fourth longest streak ever. Get ready for the three-match starting on June 1.
May 25 - 11:01 PM

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

The Cavs exploded in the first half with 75 points to set a playoff franchise record. Irving just continues to cook up Boston, especially in the second half. He scored 11 points in the first five minutes of the second half today after he dropped 21 points in the third quarter during Game 4. Irving didn't have the best series against the Raptors, but he'll head into the Golden State series with a ton of momentum. The Warriors probably don't want Kyrie taking on shots from the right wing.
May 25 - 11:00 PM

Kyrie Irving is a go for Game 5 vs. the Celtics on Thursday.

Irving was able to play through a tweaked ankle on his way to a 42-point performance in Game 4, and it looks like he recovered well because he had no noticeable limp at the morning shootaround. Fantasy owners can deploy him with confidence.
May 25 - 11:13 AM

LeBron James may have been ill during the Cavs' Game 3 loss to the Celtics, according to teammate Richard Jefferson.

LeBron played poorly during Game 3 and he made no excuses afterward, saying that he simply "didn't have it." His teammate Jefferson, however, said that Deron Williams missed shootaround that day due to illness, and it may have also affected LBJ. He posted 34 points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes during Game 4 on Tuesday, despite battling foul trouble, and it's safe to assume that any illness is behind him.
May 25 - 12:14 AM

Deron Williams (illness) played 18 minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 win vs. the Celtics, scoring two points on 1-of-2 shooting with one rebound, one assist and one steal.

D-Will has been a disappointment in the postseason, but the Cavs don't really have another option because they don't trust rookie Kay Felder. Kyrie Irving did tweak his ankle in Tuesday's win, but he's not expected to miss any time. Expect Williams to play his normal role with minutes in the teens going forward.
May 23 - 11:45 PM

Kevin Love grabbed a playoff career-high 17 rebounds to go with 17 points, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Boston.

He finished 6-of-13 from the field and is quickly gaining a reputation for his incredible full-court outlet passes (link below). He may even be the best quarterback in Cleveland right now. All kidding aside, Love has been dominant in this series with averages of 24.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 blocks, and his play on the defensive end has also been solid. The big question is whether or not he can carry this momentum into the NBA Finals.
May 23 - 11:37 PM

LeBron James bounced back with 34 points on 15-of-27 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Boston, adding six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one triple in 38 minutes.

After an 11-point dud in Game 3 on 4-of-13 shooting, LeBron got off to another tough start with four fouls in the first half -- he was forced to sit the final seven minutes of the second quarter. However, he came alive after the break with 24 of his 34 points, helping the Cavaliers outscore the Celtics 65-42 in the second half. J.R. Smith added five points, three assists, one rebound, two steals and one triple for the Cavaliers, while Tristan Thompson notched seven points with seven rebounds and one block.
May 23 - 11:24 PM

Kyrie Irving went off for a playoff career-high 42 points in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 win, giving his team a 3-1 series lead.

With LeBron James in foul trouble for most of the night, Irving helped the Cavaliers erase a 16-point deficit and dropped 21 of his 42 points in the third quarter. The entire arena went silent when Irving rolled his left ankle near the end of the third quarter, but he was able to stay in and said after the game that he felt "great." Maybe he sits out of Wednesday's practice to be safe, but expect him to be ready for Game 5 on Thursday in Boston as the Cavs look to close out this series. You can check out the incident in the link below.
May 23 - 11:08 PM

Deron Williams (illness) is a go for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Celtics.

Williams sat out shootaround, but he was never expected to miss tonight's game. He should continue to flirt with minutes in the lower-teens, which doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops.
May 23 - 6:29 PM

Deron Williams (illness) missed shootaround on Tuesday morning but is expected to play in Game 4 vs. Boston Tuesday night.

Williams' performance has been mostly disappointing this postseason. Over the Cavs last seven games, he is averaging 3.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 14.8 minutes, while shooting 37.0 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from downtown. In the first three games of the ECF, Williams is just 2-of-11 from the field. The Cavs have been able to cruise through the East with little help from their bench but will need D-Will and company to step up if they hope to take home another title.
May 23 - 10:58 AM

Kevin Love made 8-of-16 field goals with seven 3-pointers on Sunday, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 36 minutes of action.

Love hit all seven of his 3-pointers in the first half, a perimeter barrage that kept Boston at bay and set a franchise record for first-half triples. He was solid defensively, as well, and has been terrific in the Conference Finals after a quiet first two rounds of the playoffs. Love's second-half disappearance on offense tonight is puzzling, but he's been much more involved on that end and should be a safe play when Cleveland looks to take a commanding 3-1 lead on Tuesday.
May 21 - 11:48 PM

Deron Williams failed to score in nine minutes of action during Sunday's Game 3 loss to the visiting Celtics.

Williams is now averaging 2.0 points on combined 2-of-11 shooting in the series, while averaging 12.7 minutes off the bench. Richard Jefferson was also scoreless in four minutes, and Kyle Korver had just three points on 1-of-5 shooting, while Iman Shumpert chipped in six points, four boards and two assists. Channing Frye was a DNP-CD tonight and there's simply no way to trust the Cavs' reserves as DFS options.

LeBron James had a rare off-night on Sunday, posting 11 points on 4-of-13 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs, with six rebounds, six assists and six turnovers.

LBJ is in the midst of another amazingly effective playoff run, with his team boasting a 10-1 record, and tonight's struggles were an obvious aberration. "Me personally I didn't have it," James said after the game. "That's all I've got to say about my performance." It's the fourth time in his postseason career that he's scored fewer than a dozen points and he's likely to erupt in another home game on Tuesday, though that won't help DFS owners who paid up for him tonight.
May 21 - 11:39 PM


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