Player News - Cavaliers

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Kevin Love had to receive an IV after Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics and said that he may have food poisoning, but he will play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

It clearly doesn't sound like Love is 100 percent, but his owners can safely keep him in all active lineups today in a huge matchup with Toronto. Love scored just 12 points with eight boards in a blowout victory over the Celtics on Tuesday, so hopefully he will be a little more involved on offense tonight.
Mar 4 - 9:35 AM

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) returned to action on Tuesday with 18 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in an easy win vs. Boston.

He logged only 26 minutes and showed no signs of his recent injury, making 6-of-10 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws before taking a seat down the stretch. His return bumped Matthew Dellavedova back to the bench, where he went scoreless with five rebounds and seven assists.
Mar 3 - 9:35 PM

Tristan Thompson followed up Sunday's big double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes vs. the Celtics on Tuesday.

Thompson made all four of his field goal attempts but he didn't have any assists, steals or blocks, which highlights the reason he's been outside the top-150 in 8-cat leagues all year. He's a dubious source of value as long as Timofey Mozgov (10 points, six boards, three blocks) is healthy.
Mar 3 - 9:26 PM

LeBron James racked up 27 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block before taking a seat after 26 minutes of action on Tuesday.

He made 12-of-23 shots and only turned the ball over once, a rare treat from the player who ranks second in the NBA with 4.3 turnovers per game (trailing only DeMarcus Cousins). LeBron spent the past few days criticizing himself for missing eight free throws in Sunday's tough overtime loss, but it didn't take him long to put that defeat in the rearview mirror. He also passed Ray Allen on the all-time scoring list with this performance, giving him 24,507 points in his phenomenal 12-year career.
Mar 3 - 9:26 PM

Kevin Love (illness) decided to play at the last minute on Tuesday and he made 4-of-10 shots to finish with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 25 minutes.

It wasn't his best game but the Cavs didn't need more from him and he posted a +/- rating of +25 in the blowout victory. He'll be ready to go vs. the Raptors on Wednesday and his fantasy owners should only be concerned about Cleveland's brutal two-game slate in Week 23 (March 30 - April 5).
Mar 3 - 9:25 PM

James Jones scored double-digit points for the third time this season on Tuesday, making 3-of-6 shots with a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 10 points.

Jones added six boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes, taking advantage of extra opportunities with the game firmly in Cleveland's control by halftime. He has overtaken Mike Miller (12 minutes) in coach David Blatt's rotation, but Jones remains nothing more than a deep-league 3-point specialist.
Mar 3 - 9:25 PM

Kevin Love (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

Go ahead and get him active. Those that made a speculative add of Tristan Thompson expecting a big night may want to look elsewhere for production.
Mar 3 - 6:50 PM

Kevin Love (illness) is headed for a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Celtics.

Love was previously listed as probable despite not being able to go through Tuesday morning's shootaround, but he’s now looking at a game-time decision. If he's unable to go, Tristan Thompson would likely slide into the starting lineup, and he's be worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and J.R. Smith would also have more opportunities on offense. Stay tuned.

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) will play Tuesday vs. Boston.

Irving will return to the starting lineup, sending Matthew Dellavedova to the bench. Irving will draw a favorable matchup against the Celtics tonight, so make sure you have him on your active roster.
Mar 3 - 5:27 PM

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is likely headed for a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. Boston.

We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but if Irving is unavailable, Matthew Dellavedova will have another game with the starting unit. However, Dellavedova only managed to put up three points and four assists through 41 minutes of action during his last start, so the true beneficiaries of an Irving absence will be LeBron James and Kevin Love.
Mar 3 - 2:57 PM

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game agains the Celtics.

Cavs' head coach David Blatt had previously said that Irving would return to action against the Celtics on Tuesday, so there's a good chance his questionable status turns to probable later in the day. We'll pass along updates as soon as they're available, but Matthew Dellavedova will return to a bench role if Irving does indeed play on Tuesday night.
Mar 3 - 11:42 AM

Kevin Love (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround, but is probable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.

While the Cavs told Love to stay home for Tuesday morning's shootaround, the good news for his fantasy owners is that he is still listed as probable to face the Celtics. We'll update Love's status as soon as more information becomes available, but Tristan Thompson would be in line for a value boost if Love's status is downgraded.
Mar 3 - 11:38 AM

LeBron James racked up 37 points, four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks on Sunday, but he shot 15-of-35 from the field and 3-of-11 at the free throw line in an overtime loss.

LeBron became the first player since Truck Robinson in 1978 to score 37+ points while shooting under 30.0 percent on 10 or more free throw attempts. He was in disbelief after numerous misses in the clutch and took responsibility for the loss afterward, though fantasy owners will assuredly forgive the flaws in this statistical bonanza.
Mar 1 - 7:34 PM

Timofey Mozgov was benched for most of the second half and overtime on Sunday, finishing a loss to Houston with 10 points, four rebounds and one block.

He made 5-of-8 shots and was playing reasonably well, but Tristan Thompson (14 points, 19 rebounds) got hot and coach David Blatt rode him down the stretch. Mozzy is now averaging a mere 21.4 minutes over his past five games and the timeshare is a major concern for owners, though his excellent rebounds, blocks and FG percentages make him worth holding onto in standard leagues.
Mar 1 - 7:24 PM

Matthew Dellavedova made another fill-in start for Kyrie Irving (shoulder) on Sunday, notching three points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 42 minutes.

He's shooting a combined 27.3 percent over his past two starts and anyone who grabbed him for temporary value can cut him loose, as Irving is due back on Tuesday. The Cavs' purported 'rising star' is nowhere near standard-league fantasy relevance.
Mar 1 - 7:20 PM


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