Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

Kevin Love (back) said that he won't miss any additional time.

He said his back tightened up on him at Sunday's practice and it flared up when he bumped into Zaza Pachulia in the second quarter. Love did not return to the game after halftime, but the Cavs were likely being cautious due to the lopsided score. Expect Love to play on Thursday vs. the Suns.
Jan 16 - 11:50 PM

Iman Shumpert scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting in another start on Monday vs. the Warriors.

He pulled down nine rebounds and added three steals and two triples in 30 minutes. Shump scored 16 points with two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes in his previous start, so he might be worth a flier in deeper leagues if he can keep this up.
Jan 16 - 11:32 PM

Kyle Korver scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting with two rebounds and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes vs. the Warriors on Monday.

He started the second half in place of Kevin Love (back), but aside from the three triples, Korver was exposed on the defensive end as the Warriors appeared to attack him on nearly every possession. In terms of fantasy, Korver appears to have found his shooting touch with a combined seven 3-pointers over his last two games. He's a great 3-point specialist, but he's not going to help you in many other categories.
Jan 16 - 11:16 PM

LeBron James scored 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting in Monday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

He didn't have much help tonight, but LBJ didn't play up to his standards either. LeBron and Kyrie Irving combined to turn the ball over 12 times, and LeBron had a +/- rating of -32 which was the worst on the team. He added eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and a triple, but he will be in a prime spot to bounce back from this on Thursday vs. the Suns. Irving added 17 points, two assists, two rebounds, one steal and one triple.
Jan 16 - 11:07 PM

Kevin Love (back) will not return for the second half of Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

He is dealing with lower back soreness, but the lopsided score probably has a lot to do with their decision to hold him out -- the Warriors are up by 29 points at halftime. Kyle Korver started the second half in Love's place, but we should see more minutes from Channing Frye as well. Love finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and one assist.
Jan 16 - 9:28 PM

The Cavaliers will not rest LeBron James, Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving on Monday vs. the Warriors according to ESPN.

Some within the Cavaliers' organization "briefly pondered sitting out the trio," but they decided against it because they want to "gain valuable repetition" against the Warriors. The owners of James, Irving and Love can deploy them with confidence.
Source: ESPN
Jan 16 - 10:11 AM

Coach Ty Lue said the Cavs will focus on running Kyle Korver off screens and pindowns, in order to get their new sharpshooter open looks.

We got a sneak peek at what that might look like Friday in Sacramento, as Korver scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including four made 3-pointers. Korver has knocked down more 3-pointers than any NBA player over the last decade and is now sharing the floor with the best passing forward of all-time, on a team that launches treys at a dazzling rate. Scoop up Korver off the wire if you need 3-pointers.
Jan 14 - 10:29 AM

LeBron James scored 16 points with two rebounds, 15 assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes during a 120-108 win over the Kings on Friday.

And the two-game losing streak is over. Those dimes match his season high and is just one off his career high, which was coincidentally against the Kings in 2013. Somewhat surprisingly off a two-game losing streak, LeBron only had a 19.5 usage rate tonight, which is his lowest of the season. LeBron gets a trip to Oracle Arena on Monday for a game that he says isn't against a rival. There's no reason to watch that, right?
Jan 14 - 2:18 AM

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

He was coming off a terrible 11-point dud on Wednesday, so he had nowhere to go but up. Irving has been lethal as a catch-and-shoot trey guy this season, making 44.1 percent from deep in his previous games. You may have heard he's been big time against the Warriors, so it should be a fun one on Monday.
Jan 14 - 2:10 AM

Iman Shumpert was effective in a start against the Kings on Friday, scoring 16 points with two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

After the game, LeBron James said he was trying to get Shumpert going partly because Shump was wearing LeBron's retro No. 1 sneakers tonight. Obviously there won't be many shots going Shump's way in that first unit, so he's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Jan 14 - 2:06 AM

Kyle Korver scored 18 points on 7-of-10 from the field against the Kings on Friday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

There he is. Korver only needed six attempts from deep after missing his first five attempts in his first two games as a Cav. Even though he is coming off the bench, Korver is still playing 13 minutes per game next to LeBron James. He's worth a pickup in standard leagues for owners needing treys.
Jan 14 - 2:04 AM

DeAndre Liggins moved back to the bench on Friday with no points, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 13 minutes against the Kings.

He moved into the straight backup point guard role again behind Kyrie Irving with no wing minutes tonight. Liggins won't have much value unless you're super desperate.
Jan 14 - 2:00 AM

DeAndre Liggins will come off the bench vs. Sacramento on Friday.

Iman Shumpert will start in place of Liggins, as coach Tyronn Lue tries to shake things up following consecutive road losses to the Jazz and Trail Blazers. Liggins was already a fantasy liability and the arrival of Kyle Korver has further damaged his appeal.
Jan 13 - 2:16 PM

Iman Shumpert will replace DeAndre Liggins in the starting lineup Friday night vs. Sacramento.

Despite getting promoted into starting lineup, it's hard to get excited about Shump's fantasy prospects. Over the Cavs last eight games, he has seen plenty of playing time (26.1 minutes per contest) but is averaging just 5.4 points (shooting 36.4 percent from the floor and 16.7 percent from downtown), 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists. With Kyle Korver now in the mix, Shump will likely see his minutes reduced, even if he remains the starter.
Jan 13 - 2:02 PM

LeBron James scored 20 points during a 102-86 loss to the Blazers on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and five turnovers.

It's just the second losing streak of the season for the Cavs with a three-game losing streak ending on Dec. 2. James also passed Tim Hardaway Sr. for 15th on the all-time assists list in the NBA. Speaking of assists, LeBron's assists are down in January with just 5.3 per game. He'll get it turned around in no time.
Jan 12 - 1:20 AM


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