Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

Cavs coach David Blatt said after Friday's loss to the Wizards, "We've got to get [Kevin Love] more [shots]."

Love downplayed Blatt's suggestion that he's slowed by nagging injuries, focusing instead on the role he's being asked to play as a perimeter shooter. LeBron James wasn't buying that excuse for Love's slump, saying, "I don’t think it’s a role. I think it’s the demand. Kev is a guy if he wants the ball in the post he gets it in the post. He demands it and we give it to him." The Cavaliers aren't on the same page on or off the court, it seems, but they still have 71 regular-season games to figure things out.
Nov 22 - 9:28 AM

After the Cavaliers fell to 5-6 with a loss on Friday, coach David Blatt said he's concerned about "every single thing" his team is doing.

"This is the same team a week ago was scoring 120 points a game," Blatt said. "We’re not a different group of people and we're not a different team. We're just playing in the dark right now." When LeBron James was asked whether any of the Cavs' lineups had found a rhythm this year he quickly replied "No," and it doesn't help that Blatt is experimenting with different rotations on a nightly basis. The Cavs will try to right the ship vs. the visiting Raptors on Saturday.
Nov 22 - 9:21 AM

LeBron James scored 22 points in a loss to the 91-78 loss to the Wizards on Friday to go with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

The Cavs are 5-6 and LeBron is below .500 after playing in at least 10 games since the 2007-08 season. The Cavs also had a 76ers-like 82.0 offensive efficiency rating tonight. While everyone is going to overreact, LeBron has been a top-10 player in fantasy leagues despite not even being close to as great as he was last season.
Nov 22 - 12:46 AM

Kyrie Irving made 7-of-16 from the field for 22 points against the Wizards on Friday with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers in 41 minutes.

It's his second game in a row with two assists while he's also seen his usage take a significant hit. Last year, he had an elite 28.0 usage rate, but this year it's dropped to just 23.8. Thanks to his improved shooting, output in steals and lower turnovers, Irving has still been a first-round guy this season.
Nov 22 - 12:35 AM

Dion Waiters made 1-of-7 from the field for two points with one assist, three steals and one block in 22 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

He did not even play at all in the first quarter while Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood did. Waiters is not worth owning in almost any league right now.
Nov 22 - 12:30 AM

Kevin Love struggled against the Wizards on Friday with eight points, eight boards, two assists, one steal, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He was horrible on both ends of the floor and the Wizards went at him on defense. Love is shooting below 39 percent from the field on the year and has scored just 12.6 points per game over his last five. Despite the awful start, he's still been a top-40 player before tonight, but his value has trended down in the past two weeks. It be a good idea to see if his owner is hitting the panic button.
Nov 22 - 12:19 AM

Brendan Haywood knows he's likely to be traded at some point this season, but that is not a concern to the 34-year-old veteran.

"I don't worry about [getting traded] because at the end of the day, I can't do anything about it," Haywood said. "If somebody views my contract as an asset or the team feels they can get something in that can help them or shed salary, they're going to do what they're going to do because that's what they have to do." Haywood's understanding that his contract is a more attractive option than what he can do on the court pretty much sums up his fantasy value. He's only got off the bench twice this season for a total of 10 minutes, and he's not a viable fantasy option in any league.
Nov 21 - 11:58 AM

Kevin Love admitted that he is still trying to find his place in the Cavaliers' offense after Wednesday loss to the Spurs.

While Love's averages of 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.2 three-pointers per game are still solid fantasy output, owners still aren't getting what they expected when they used a first-round pick on the big man. "I'm just trying to find myself in this offense," Love said after the game. "I came here to win. We're going to figure it out. We're going to be OK." Fantasy owners shouldn't panic as Love has better days ahead of him, but expectations need to be tempered as he sacrifices touches to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Nov 20 - 9:34 AM

Dion Waiters, who blew up for 20 point off the bench on Monday, hit just 2-of-7 shots in 21 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

Waiters minutes have taken a hit since he was pulled from the starting lineup and his big games are going to be few and far between if 18 minutes a night. Unfortunately, tonight was probably closer to reality than Monday, especially since Joe Harris played six more minutes than him, but had just five points and a 3-pointer.
Nov 19 - 11:13 PM

LeBron James hit 6-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, six rebounds, nine assists, a steal, a block and five turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

Kyrie Irving was better on 7-of-15 shooting and three 3-pointers for 20 points, just two assists, and three steals. LeBron's ball handling is probably going to hurt Irving's assist numbers over the course of the season, along with Kevin Love's rebounding and scoring. Had LeBron limited his TOs and made a few more shots tonight, the Cavs would have beaten the Spurs, but they played solid defense against him. LeBron wasn't at his best tonight, but he's having a big season and should be ready to dominate against the Wizards on Friday.
Nov 19 - 11:04 PM

Anderson Varejao, who played 18 minutes and failed to score on Monday, blew up for 23 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks on 11-of-16 shooting against the Spurs on Wednesday.

He followed up his worst game of the season with his best and Varejao looks like a complete mystery thus far. After going on a three-game "tear" where he averaged 14.3 points and 4.5 rebounds last week, he disappeared for a two-game streak of 1.0 points and 7.0 rebounds before tonight's explosion. With his season highs in both points and boards tonight, it's possible the Cavs are just going to showcase Varejao in the big matchups this season in hopes of keeping him healthy. And that has fantasy headache written all over it.
Nov 19 - 10:59 PM

Kevin Love hit just 4-of-12 shots and no 3-pointers on his way to 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

Love's owners may have to be talked off a ledge after this one. He's had a fine season, but hasn't exactly been the superstar they were looking to draft in the first round of drafts. Love has now scores 14 or fewer points in four of his last seven games, has four games on the season with eight or fewer rebounds, and has finished three games without a 3-pointer, including tonight. He's averaging a respectable 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers per game, but sometimes you don't get what you pay for.
Nov 19 - 10:52 PM

Shawn Marion (foot) will start against the Spurs on Wednesday night.

He has a foot bruise, but he was expected to start since shootaround. Marion should be good to go, but is not a fantasy option with his low shot total.
Nov 19 - 5:32 PM

LeBron James stated during a recent interview that his minutes have to "come down."

"For me, I don't want to [play heavy minutes] all year," James said. "Obviously right now it's difficult because we're trying to find a groove and we're trying to find a rhythm and we're trying to find something that you can't really, you don't want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it." James is currently averaging the third-most minutes per game in the NBA at 39.1 per game, but a slight reduction in minutes wouldn't hinder James' value. When LBJ is on the court, he will put up big stat lines, so owners have nothing to worry about with this report.
Nov 18 - 6:29 PM

Shawn Marion (high foot bruise) did not practice on Tuesday, but head coach David Blatt expects him to play Wednesday vs. San Antonio.

Marion told Blatt that if he could walk, he will play, so we're not expecting this injury to sideline him for any games. However, Marion is averaging just 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game with the starting unit, so he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
Nov 18 - 3:50 PM


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