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Coach Tyronn Lue said that George Hill (back spasms) was able to go through some shooting drills at Tuesday's practice but remains questionable for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Hill has been limited since his back flared up on him in Game 1, and was forced to sit out Game 4. We should have an update on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Lue did say that if Hill was cleared to play, he would start rather than come off the bench. If Hill is unable to play, then Jose Calderon and Jordan Clarkson will once again split minutes at point guard.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 24 - 1:05 PM

George Hill (back spasms) is listed as questionable on the injury report for Wednesday's Game 5 vs. Indiana.

Fortunately, the MRI taken on Hill's back over the weekend was clean. However, he was unable to play in Game 4. Jose Calderon started at point guard and finished with five points and two assists in 19 minutes. Jordan Clarkson had 12 points and two rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. Calderon and Clarkson will again be asked to divvy minutes at PG in Game 5 if Hill is unable to play.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 24 - 9:53 AM

Tristan Thompson went scoreless with one rebound and one assist in seven minutes off the Cavs' bench on Sunday.

It was Thompson's first action since Game 1 and coach Ty Lue said before the game that he wanted TT to provide "toughness, rebounding [and] defense." He checked in early with Kevin Love in foul trouble but the change didn't last long, as Lue soon reverted to his usual rotation with Larry Nance, Jeff Green, Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood comprising the bench in the second half. Barring a dramatic change in fortunes, Thompson won't be a DFS option this postseason.
Apr 22 - 11:48 PM

Kevin Love picked up his second foul just 90 seconds into Sunday's game, which he finished with five points on 2-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 29 minutes.

Love is playing with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb. It hasn't cost him any time but he's struggled to make a consistent impact in the series. After attempting zero shots in the third quarter of Game 3, Love vowed to "find different ways to try and get the ball ... I need to go get it and just need to be more ... vocal in calling for it." His overall attempts dipped tonight but that was mostly due to the foul trouble, and the Cavs will continue to brainstorm ways to keep him engaged offensively.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 22 - 11:47 PM

Jordan Clarkson scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting off the bench on Sunday, hitting two 3-pointers with two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes.

Clarkson averaged 3.3 points through the first three games of the series, but he was on fire with 5-of-5 shooting in the first half tonight. He failed to score after that initial outburst, however, which typifies his unreliability against a strong defense in the postseason.
Apr 22 - 11:45 PM

Kyle Korver shot 4-of-9 from downtown and 6-of-7 from the FT line on Sunday, scoring 18 points to help the Cavs win Game 4 at Indiana.

All of Korver's FG attempts came from downtown and he proved once again that defenses can't give him an inch -- the Pacers came in with a playoff-best 96.9 defensive rating, but they couldn't prevent Korver's catch-and-shoot game tonight. He added three rebounds, two blocks and one assist, and made the Pacers pay when they did get in his airspace -- the career 88.1% FT shooter hadn't attempted seven freebies in a game since Apr. 13, 2015.
Apr 22 - 11:45 PM

LeBron James powered the Cavs to a Game 4 road win on Sunday, scoring 32 points (12-of-22 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and just one turnover in 46 minutes.

The series is knotted up at 2-2 with Game 5 coming in Cleveland on Wednesday. LeBron barely left the court tonight and every game he plays brings a deluge of amazing statistics that put his career into historical perspective. Tonight it was LBJ passing Hakeem Olajuwon for the 8th most double-doubles in NBA playoff history (101), while padding his lead for the most games leading a playoff team in points, rebounds and assists. He leads everyone in postseason DFS scoring this year, too, edging out Anthony Davis, and is basically a must-play regardless of cost.
Apr 22 - 11:43 PM

Jose Calderon made a fill-in start for George Hill (back spasms) during Game 3, posting five points, two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.

The Cavs siphon most of the ball-handling duties through LeBron James anyway, of course, with LBJ recording 32 of the Cavs' 62 total assists in their first-round series. Throw in Calderon's typical minute-limit (27+ minutes just three times all season) and he's only a DFS punt while Hill is sidelined.
Apr 22 - 11:41 PM

Jose Calderon will start Game 4 on Sunday with George Hill (back spasms) unavailable.

Calderon was a healthy DNP-CD in Game 3 but he'll be pressed into a key role in a pivotal road game tonight. Considering his rock-bottom price in DFS, he's worth a long look.
Apr 22 - 7:07 PM

George Hill (back spasms) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Pacers, with Jose Calderon getting the start at PG.

Hill's MRI came back negative but he can't shake this injury, and the Cavs will have a 'next man up' mentality as they seek to avoid a 3-1 hole in the series. He said he's had four shots in his back but can still barely sleep, so it's uncertain if he'll be ready to return for Game 5 in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 7:05 PM

Cavaliers coach Ty Lue said Tristan Thompson will play some minutes off the bench in Game 4.

Lue added that he wants Thompson to bring some of the toughness the Cavs have been lacking. Thompson has played a total of two minutes in this series, but we'll see if this decision gives the Cavs a spark. "I can trust him," Lue said. "I think Tristan can also get us extra possessions offensive rebounding. He brings toughness and that’s been a problem last couple games."
Apr 22 - 10:57 AM

The MRI on George Hill's back came back negative.

Hill is still listed as questionable with back spams, but this is a relief for Cleveland. Hill will continue to receive treatment and will be re-evaluated after warmups, so he's basically a game-time call. Coach Ty Lue said that Calderon will likely start if Hill can't play.
Apr 22 - 10:50 AM

Jose Calderon will likely start in Game 4 on Sunday if George Hill can't go.

George Hill underwent an MRI on his back on Saturday, but the results are not known yet. He's been dealing with some back spasms and is currently listed as questionable. The Cavaliers have been outscored by 12 points in Calderon's 23 minutes this series and he averaged just 6.2 points and 2.6 assists as a fill-in starter this season.
Apr 22 - 10:07 AM

An MRI on George Hill's back revealed nothing major and he remains questionable for Game 4 on Sunday.

He is expected to receive treatment for his back spasms. Hill was playing every well in the first quarter and it was a mild surprise that he didn't get much run in the second half, so this likely explains it. If he can't go, we will likely see some Jose Calderon in the first unit or Cedi Osman could start with LeBron James at the point.
Apr 21 - 8:29 PM

Coach Tyronn Lue said that George Hill (back spasms) is having an MRI and that he is questionable for Game 4 on Sunday.

Hill's back flared up on him in Game 1, and it's been a problem for him since. He was initially listed as questionable for Game 2, but did end up playing. He finished with six points, three assists and two turnovers in 20 minutes before fouling out. If Hill is unable to suit up, Jose Calderon will likely draw the start at point guard, with Jordan Clarkson seeing an uptick in minutes off the bench. This is not an ideal scenario for the Cavs in what is essentially a must-win game.
Apr 21 - 1:40 PM


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