Player News - Cavaliers

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Iman Shumpert "jammed" his left ankle during Sunday's game and coach David Blatt didn't seem overly concerned about the injury.

"I think he wanted to come back in there but we held him out for precautionary reasons," Blatt said. "I believe he'll be OK." Shumpert didn't return after the injury and we'll leave him on the injury report as a precaution, though it certainly helps that Cleveland doesn't play again until Thursday. If Shumpert does miss time, expect guys like James Jones, Shawn Marion and possibly Mike Miller to fill the void.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 9:55 PM

Kevin Love said that his lower back feels "good" and he does not expect to miss any games due to the injury he suffered on Sunday.

Love was elbowed in the lower back but it sounds like his decision to sit out the rest of Sunday's game was precautionary. "I just have to take these next couple days," Love said. We'll leave him on the injury report for now, but will take him off once he returns to practice this week. This is great news for fantasy owners, as the Cavs' two-game slate is already bad enough without an injury-related DNP.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 9:54 PM

Timofey Mozgov double-doubled on Sunday for the first time in over a month, notching 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 10 rebounds and one assist in a surprisingly close win vs. the visiting 76ers.

Philly's opponents are averaging 49.0 boards over their past 10 games, the most allowed by any team during that span, so it makes sense for Mozgov to have piled up boards tonight. He may have a bigger role if Kevin Love (back) can't play on Thursday, so anyone holding Mozgov should keep an eye on the injury report.
Mar 29 - 7:09 PM

The Cavaliers held off the 76ers for an 87-86 win on Sunday, led by LeBron James' 20 points, one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, six assists and one block.

The bad news is that he committed five turnovers while making 8-of-24 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs in 38 minutes of action. Cleveland could clinch their division in the near future, at which point a precautionary rest day for LeBron wouldn't be surprising -- in the past three weeks he's averaging 36.4 minutes per game, the 10th most of any player during that span.
Mar 29 - 7:08 PM

Kevin Love left Sunday's game vs. the 76ers with a back injury and will not be able to return.

Love has had problems with his back all season, but the Cavaliers didn't seem to be concerned after the game and the injury isn't thought to be serious. The Cavaliers are off until Thursday which should give him plenty of time to recover, but we will consider him questionable for that game vs. the Heat. If Love needs to miss any time, expect Tristan Thompson to be the primary beneficiary. Love finished with 10 points, 10 boards, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
Mar 29 - 6:32 PM

Iman Shumpert was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the 76ers and will not be able to return.

Shumpert was able to walk off the floor under his own power, but the Cavaliers have no reason to risk his health and they may have just decided to keep him out as a precaution. We will update his status once we know more, but we will go ahead and consider him questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Heat. If he is unable to play, J.R. Smith would have to log big minutes while Matthew Dellavedova may see a few extra minutes off the bench as well. Shumpert finished today's game with nine points, three steals and one board in 11 minutes.
Mar 29 - 5:40 PM

The Cavs will not rest any of their players for Sunday's game vs. the 76ers.

Anyone who was fearing a possible rest day for LeBron James against the tanking 76ers can go ahead and put those fears to rest. He may however take an early seat on the bench if the game turns into a blowout, but he's obviously a must-start guy every time he's in uniform.
Mar 29 - 3:44 PM

LeBron James scored 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting (2-of-5 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with five rebounds, nine assists, five steals and one block in Friday's loss to the Nets.

The Cavs played like a team that's starting to coast but most of their key guys got their numbers tonight. Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with three assists, one steal and two blocks, and Kevin Love scored 18 points with seven rebounds and two threes. J.R. Smith had a down night with eight points, five rebounds, two steals and two threes, and all of these guys play just seven games in three weeks starting next week. This has the potential to get ugly for owners, and owners have to hope the Bulls can close in from 2.5 games behind for the No. 2 slot in the East.
Mar 28 - 12:12 AM

Timofey Mozgov scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting with five rebounds and one block in 17 minutes on Friday against the Nets.

The Cavs came out flat and Mozgov has been underwhelming with very low-end value for 12-team leagues over the last two weeks. When you factor in the Cavs' league-worst schedule going forward, owners can make the cut with relatively low risk.
Mar 28 - 12:08 AM

LeBron James is reportedly frustrated with Kevin Love's inability to fit in, according to sources.

It's worth noting that this article stems from a New York-based media outlet who may or may not be hoping that Love bolts the Cavaliers to join the Knicks after the season, but there have been rumblings of a discord between the two stars all season. Meanwhile, Love scored 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies so even if Love is one-and-done in Cleveland, he's still an important part of the Cavaliers' playoff hopes.
Source: NY Post
Mar 26 - 10:58 AM

Kevin Love hit 10-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's impressive win over the Grizzlies.

Many think Love is deferring too much to LeBron, but he just hasn't played well this season. He looked great tonight and the Cavs opened up a 29-point lead over the Grizzlies in the third quarter. LeBron James had 20 points, eight boards, five assists and three 3-pointers, Kyrie Irving added 24 points and two assists, Timofey Mozgov had 14 points, nine boards and a block, and J.R. Smith added 13 points, six assists and three 3-pointers in the cakewalk. Hopefully Love can keep it going, even when they Cavs aren't blowing someone out. That makes four straight wins for the Cavs, and eight of their last nine.
Mar 26 - 1:12 AM

Cavs recall G Joe Harris from the D-League.

He was assigned on Saturday, and he's back on Monday. It was a short trip.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 23 - 12:27 PM

LeBron James has started to take on a more vocal role with the Cavs.

"I was frustrated with our play and the guys know how I felt about it and they responded," LeBron said. He's clearly become more comfortable in his new (old) surroundings, and the Cavs are rolling as a result. "I feel really good with my game, I feel really good with how I am on my body."
Mar 23 - 9:32 AM

Kevin Love struggled with his shot during Sunday's win over the Bucks, scoring just nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, with three rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers through 29 minutes of action.

Love did not leave the bench during the fourth quarter as the game turned into a blowout, but consistency continues to be an issue for Cleveland's third-wheel. He's scored nine, 11, 10, eight, and 21 points in his previous five outings, and there's really no telling when the good Love is going to show up. He usually does enough in the rebounding and 3-point categories to balance out the minimal scoring production, but he's simply not the guy owners thought they were buying on draft day.
Mar 22 - 6:13 PM

LeBron James was phenomenal on Sunday, scoring 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting (7-of-7 from the stripe), to go with 10 rebounds, six assists, five steals, one 3-pointer, one block and five turnovers through 39 minutes of action.

Turnovers continue to be an issue for LeBron, but when he's putting up lines like this, who really cares? Look for LeBron to keep his foot on the gas pedal when the Cavs take on the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Mar 22 - 6:08 PM


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