Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

Kevin Love (back) said he will "give it a try" against the Heat on Friday night.

He is going through his pre-game routine and it sounds like he'll be back out there. Love's back locked up on him on Wednesday and he's had a number of back problems before, so the Cavs may be careful with him. If he's limited, we'll see more of LeBron at the four with more of James Jones and the wings.
Dec 9 - 6:20 PM

J.R. Smith (knee) will not play against the Heat on Friday night.

It'll be Smith's second game out of the lineup due to the soreness in his knee. DeAndre Liggins will likely get the start again, but he only attempted two shots from the field on Wednesday. If Kevin Love (back) is also out, there should be plenty of minutes for the wings with LeBron James playing the four. Smith isn't a slam-dunk player to own in standard leagues, especially when he's cold and hurt.
Dec 9 - 5:53 PM

Kevin Love (back spasms) will be a game-time decision on Friday vs. the Heat.

Cavs coach Ty Lue said Love's back "locked up" on him in the 3rd quarter vs the Knicks on Wednesday night. Love owners certainly can't be happy hearing that Love's back locked up. However, the fact that he still has a chance to play Friday intimates that the injury is not overly threatening. Lue said that either Lebron James of James Jones would start at power forward if Love can't play. Check back prior to tip for an official update.
Dec 9 - 5:52 PM

Channing Frye has been excused from the team for personal reasons and will miss Friday's game vs. the Heat and Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

Frye has had to endure an extremely difficult couple of months, as he lost both his mother and father. Kevin Love (back spasms) was surprisingly listed as listed as questionable for Friday night. If Love can't play, the Cavs will be extremely shorthanded at power forward. As a result, Tristan Thompson would likely play more minutes than usual. Richard Jefferson, Mike Dunleavy and possibly Chris Anderson could all see extended action as well.
Dec 9 - 11:09 AM

J.R. Smith (knee) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Miami.

Smith missed Wednesday's matchup with the Knicks after hyperextending his left knee on Monday. DeAndre Liggins made his first career start in place of Smith vs. the Knicks and played 20 minutes. Iman Shumpert came off the bench and played 24 minutes. It is safe to assume a similar distribution of minutes on Friday if Smith doesn't suit up.
Dec 9 - 10:57 AM

Kevin Love (back spasms) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Miami.

This is the first we are hearing of a back issue for Love, or any injury for that matter this season. He has been enjoying a terrific start to the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 21.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 treys. Stay tuned for an update, as we should soon find out if this is a serious issue. Channing Frye (personal) has already been ruled out of both Friday and Saturday's game, but the Cavs can probably get away with going small against Miami. Expect to see a lot of LeBron at the four with more help from the wings.
Dec 9 - 10:55 AM

Iman Shumpert sank a season-high four 3-pointers vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes.

Shump hit 4-of-8 shots overall, taking advantage of an expanded role with J.R. Smith (knee) out of commission tonight. His real-world value doesn't translate very well to fantasy, and he's just a borderline 14-team option while Smith is day-to-day and the Cavs are healthy.
Dec 8 - 12:38 AM

Tristan Thompson scored three points on Wednesday, going 0-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but he also secured a season-high 20 rebounds in 34 minutes of action.

Thompson added two steals, one block, one assist and zero turnovers, and his work on the glass was instrumental in the Cavs' 126-94 victory. Although he'll never offer much upside, Thompson remains a rock-steady source of boards, blocks and FG percentages. As a bonus for 9-cat owners, he turns the ball over just 0.5 times per game.
Dec 8 - 12:37 AM

LeBron James made a statement vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, racking up 25 points (7-of-10 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs) with seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

James relishes playing in Madison Square Garden, where his career 28.5 points per game rank third all-time behind Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. He had extra juice tonight due to a simmering feud with Phil Jackson, whom LBJ proceeded to stare down while leading his team to a commanding early lead. Follow the link for one of his many vicious dunks tonight.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 8 - 12:36 AM

Kyrie Irving made 9-of-17 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws en route to 28 points on Wednesday, adding four 3-pointers, six assists and two rebounds in 30 minutes.

The Knicks were giving up a ridiculous 50.6 points in the paint over their past five games, highest in the NBA, but the Cavs did most of their damage from long range tonight -- they shot a stunning 22-of-40 as a team (55.0 percent). Kevin Love added four triples as part of his 21-point evening, James Jones scored nine points on 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and the Cavs rolled to an easy 126-94 victory.
Dec 8 - 12:35 AM

DeAndre Liggins started Wednesday's road win in New York, which he finished with six points, two 3-pointers, two boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

J.R. Smith (knee) was out due to a knee injury he sustained on Monday, though X-rays were negative and he's considered day-to-day. Liggins' start was designed mostly to keep the Cavs' second unit intact, and he's not an appealing short-term option.
Dec 8 - 12:34 AM

DeAndre Liggins will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Knicks with J.R. Smith (knee) unavailable.

This will be just the second start of Liggins' career, and while he will see some increased opportunity with the first unit tonight, Smith's minutes will likely be divvied up between Liggins, Iman Shumpert and Jordan McRae with their being no clear winner here.
Dec 7 - 10:38 AM

J.R. Smith is listed as out for Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

No revenge game for Mr. Smith. X-rays on his knee came back negative and the Cavs said he's day-to-day. Iman Shumpert should get a bump in minutes with Smith on the shelf, but he's not worth a look outside of very deep leagues. Smith has been in a brutal shooting slump and his owners shouldn't hesitate to drop him for a hot free agent.
Dec 6 - 7:12 PM

J.R. Smith's MRI revealed no structural damage to his injured left knee, and he is being listed as day-to-day.

X-rays taken on Smith's knee also came back negative, and with the day-to-day tag, it seems like there's a possibility he could return to action as soon as Wednesday's game in New York. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Dec 6 - 5:29 PM

Tristan Thompson had six points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in Monday's win over the Raptors.

After three pretty disappointing lines, Thompson got back on track tonight. Despite some quiet nights, he's still averaging 8.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his last five, meaning he's worth hanging onto if you're thin at center. Just don't expect him to score very much.
Dec 5 - 10:49 PM


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