Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

Tristan Thompson (calf) is expected to return to action on Tuesday vs. the Hawks and will come off the bench.

This would be his first action since Nov. 1. Thompson was expected back much sooner, but he experienced too much soreness after ramping up his workload in practice. Thompson will likely have restrictions and wasn't playing well before the injury, so he's only worth a look if you're targeting rebounds in a deep league.
Dec 11 - 1:28 PM

Jae Crowder is hoping to build some momentum after scoring 12 points with five rebounds, two steals, a blocked shot and a huge 3-pointer down the stretch in Saturday's win against the 76ers.

"Y'all know I've been struggling. It feels good to finally see one go down, especially late in the game," Crowder said. "I've made quite a few of those in my career, but I haven't made them like I wanted to here. I just want to build off this win." Crowder was held to single-digit points in his previous four games and has been a huge disappointment since arriving in Cleveland, but he's worth keeping an eye on in case he heats up, especially since he had so much success in Boston.
Dec 11 - 11:52 AM

Sam Amick of USA Today is hearing that Houston could be a possible destination for LeBron James this summer.

James is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract, but he previously said that he would not discuss his free agency until after the season. Rockets insiders have a "strong belief" that they’ll have a chance to land James in free agency according to Amick, and rival executives apparently feel the same way. This is a fun rumor, but that's all it is for now.
Source: USA Today
Dec 10 - 10:51 AM

Kyle Korver hit 4-of-8 from behind the arc in Saturday's game against the 76ers, finishing with 13 points across 28 minutes.

Korver was second on the team with a plus-18 rating, giving the team a big boost off the bench with three of the team's five starters combining for 15 points. The team needed some offensive punch with Kevin Love on the shelf, so Korver, Dwyane Wade and Jeff Green stepped up.
Dec 9 - 11:19 PM

Dwyane Wade finished with 13 points in 24 minutes on Saturday night against Philadelphia.

Wade was an efficient 6-of-10 from the field and he added four assists with a blocked shot and a rebound. The only complaint from fantasy owners might be the fact he was a dismal 1-of-4 from the free-throw line. He entered the game with a total of just 13 points, so this will stop the hand wringing of his nervous fantasy owners, at least until the next outing.
Dec 9 - 11:13 PM

Jeff Green finished with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist over 30 minutes in Saturday's win against Philadelphia.

Green didn't start, even with Kevin Love sidelined, but he was in the starting five heading out of halftime with Ante Zizic doing nothing in his five minutes. Green finished with a team-high plus-25 rating, turning it over just twice while hitting 5-of-8 from the field and 1-of-1 from behind the 3-point line. He continues to give fantasy owners in deeper leagues pretty decent production.
Dec 9 - 11:06 PM

Ante Zizic started Saturday's game against the 76ers, but he was scoreless in just five minutes.

Zizic was a dismal minus-10 in his five minutes, failing to seize the opportunity with Kevin Love sidelined. Jeff Green started the third quarter and finished up strong, posting 13 points and six rebounds. If there were any doubts Zizic's fantasy value is negligible in seasonal play, this was further proof, although he still has value in long-term keeper play.
Dec 9 - 11:03 PM

Jae Crowder finished with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shots across 33 minutes in Saturday's win against the 76ers.

Crowder finally had a decent shooting night, hitting 4-of-9 from the floor, and 2-of-4 from behind the 3-point line. It doesn't sound like much, but he entered shooting just 31.7 percent over his past six outings. This will give head coach Tyronn Lue pause if he was considering a change to his starting five.
Dec 9 - 11:01 PM

LeBron James finished with 30 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds across 39 minutes in Saturday's win against the 76ers, and he also tweaked his hamstring late in the win.

James was grabbing his hamstring with 2:35 left in regulation, but he told head coach Tyronn Lue, "I'm all right." He finished the game with his 58th-career triple-double and was a huge reason, like usual, why the Cavaliers were able to hold off the ascending 76ers despite playing without Kevin Love. The injury is something to watch going forward. The good is that the team doesn't face a back-to-back situation until next Saturday and Sunday.
Dec 9 - 10:56 PM

Ante Zizic is starting for Kevin Love against the 76ers on Saturday.

Zizac came over in the Kyrie Irving deal and he may get an extended look tonight because of Tristan Thompson (calf) still being out of the lineup. Love only had soreness and probably won't be out long, so there's no need to add him in most leagues.
Dec 9 - 7:55 PM

Kevin Love (hip) will not play vs. the 76ers on Saturday.

And it's another late back-to-back scratch on Kevin Love. He had some soreness in his left hip during warmups, so the team opted to hold him out. Based on the past couple years, the Cavs are going to be careful with Love and it's possible he misses additional time. For now, consider him between questionable and probable for Tuesday against the Hawks. It'll be Ante Zizac starting and likely looking at decent minutes with Channing Frye behind him.
Dec 9 - 7:53 PM

Tristan Thompson (calf) is listed as out for Saturday against the 76ers.

He was expected to come back this weekend, but some soreness on Wednesday was a setback. With him out again, Kevin Love continues to fill up the center minutes, which has helped Jeff Green a little more.
Source: Cavs Stats
Dec 9 - 3:13 PM

Jae Crowder finished with six points, six rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot across 24 minutes in Friday's loss at Indiana.

Crowder was his usual self at the defensive end, but he was a dismal 1-of-7 from the field. He has struggled with his shot over the past seven outings, hitting just 13-of-41 (31.7 percent) while missing more shots than he has made in six of the contests. The team's 13-game winning streak came to an end, so perhaps Tyronn Lue is more inclined to shake things up.
Dec 8 - 10:47 PM

Dwyane Wade posted nine points with four assists and a steal over 26 minutes in Friday's road loss against the Pacers.

Wade knocked down 4-of-6 from the field while hitting his only 3-pointer attempt, but he was a minus-12 in his time on the floor while turning it over twice and committing three fouls. After a hot stretch he has back-to-back single-digit point totals for the first since Nov. 9-11. There will be lulls in production for Wade, but he has proven in recent weeks that he still can be a valuable contributor to fantasy teams.
Dec 8 - 10:19 PM

Jose Calderon finished with nine points, three assists and three rebounds while adding an assist across 22 minutes Friday in Indiana.

It wasn't a huge stat line, but the nine points were actually his second-most of the season. He had 14 points in extended play back on Nov. 20 in Detroit. He continues to start, but he isn't making huge contributions. He is still not a recommended fantasy play outside of the deepest leagues despite the fact he has been in the starting five lately.
Dec 8 - 10:14 PM


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