Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

Nothing is happening with Kevin Love (shoulder) and a trade to the Celtics.

There will definitely be rumors around Love heading into the deadline because of how playoff teams attack him in pick-and-roll. Love's shoulder injury seems like it's minor, so he should be ready to roll next week.
Feb 12 - 11:12 PM

Kobe Bryant praised Kyrie Irving after his 35-point performance vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

"He has a killer mentality," Bryant said. "He can shoot the long ball. His midrange game is excellent. And he can finish at the rim. So, he has all the tools there. It’s just a matter of continuing to work and get into rhythm where he can start doing that on a consistent basis." Irving has finally found his stride, averaging 28.2 points, 6.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. The buy-low window has been slammed shut.
Source: ESPN
Feb 12 - 12:27 PM

Kevin Love (shoulder) doesn't expect to miss any time after suffering a left shoulder stinger on Wednesday.

Love injured his surgically-repaired left shoulder during Wednesday's win over the Lakers, but looks to have avoided a serious injury. "It felt like fire was running down my arm," Love said. "Just a stinger, and doctors decided we'll be cautious and use the break for it to feel better, but it actually feels OK right now." We'll keep an eye on Love over the All-Star Break, but it sounds like he'll be ready to go for the second half of the season.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 9:11 AM

Tristan Thompson notched 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and one block in 34 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-6 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs vs. the Lakers.

This marks TT's second double-double in February, but over those six games he's averaging a mere 4.6 points, 0.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's only worth a look if you need a rebounding and FG percentage specialist.
Feb 11 - 1:01 AM

The Cavs improved to 8-3 under coach Tyronn Lue, aided by another monster game from LeBron James -- 29 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal.

The King committed just one turnover in 37 minutes and he finished 12-of-22 from the field vs. the Lakers' lowly defense, sending the Cavs into the break with a 38-14 record. LeBron hasn't missed a game since early December and Lue hasn't talked about precautionary rest, so with any luck he'll be locked and loaded for all of the Cavs' remaining 30 games.
Feb 11 - 1:01 AM

J.R. Smith was quiet in 33 minutes vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, posting nine points on 3-of-9 shooting with one rebound and one assist.

Smith wisely took a backseat to LeBron and Kyrie tonight, as the Cavs' superstars combined for 64 points. The silver lining is that all three of Smith's makes came from downtown, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- as long as the playing time is there, Smith should balance out as a mid-round value.
Feb 11 - 1:00 AM

Kyrie Irving dropped a season-high 35 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 15-of-24 shots including three 3-pointers, to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Kyrie also turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes, and over the past three games he's averaging 32.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting. It's exactly what his fantasy owners hoped for heading into the All-Star break, and Uncle Drew is primed for a huge finish to the 2015-16 season.
Feb 11 - 1:00 AM

Kevin Love (shoulder) said he won't miss any games due to his left shoulder contusion.

He said he only had a stinger, so it doesn't sound like anything is wrong structurally. Love should be close to 100 percent after the break, so his fantasy owners dodged a bullet here.
Feb 10 - 11:01 PM

Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder contusion and will not return on Wednesday.

The good news is that this report adds Love "most likely" will be fine. He is still likely to be re-evaluated to make sure he didn't aggravate his shoulder surgery from the summer. Love finished with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes. There's no need to make a speculative add right now.
Feb 10 - 9:29 PM

Kevin Love hurt his left shoulder and went to the locker room on Wednesday.

Not good. His arm was hanging like something was wrong and he was in pain. This is the same left shoulder that needed surgery last summer, so that adds extra concern. Tonight is a really bad night for shoulder injuries. We'll be looking for updates on Love.
Feb 10 - 9:07 PM

Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play on Wednesday against the Lakers.

He was listed as out all day and it's confirmed he won't play. Mo Williams will get some extra minutes again, but Dellavedova could be back after the break.
Feb 10 - 6:54 PM

The Cavs are reportedly unlikely to trade away Kevin Love at the deadline.

Cleveland management would reportedly like to see how Love fits into the Cavs' new system before making a major change, so while he could be dealt during the offseason, a trade at the deadline seems like an unlikely scenario for Love. He's been a third-round guy on the year with averages of 15.8 points, 10.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.1 three-pointers and 1.9 turnovers per game.
Feb 9 - 4:01 PM

Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) is likely out until after the All-Star break.

The Cavs won't confirm that Delly will miss Wednesday's game against the Lakers, but keeping him out until after the break will give him 17 days in between games to heal his hamstring. We'll keep an eye on his status after shootaround on Wednesday, but Mo Williams will likely see a bit of a minutes boost against the Lakers.
Feb 9 - 10:09 AM

LeBron James had his first triple-double of the season during a 120-100 win over the Kings on Monday, scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

It's the 40th triple-double of the season, which is the seventh most in NBA history. James is getting more shots now even with Kyrie Irving coming around, averaging 25.0 points, 7.6 boards, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 treys. He'll hang around late-first value going forward.
Feb 8 - 10:11 PM

Kyrie Irving handed out a season-high 12 assists against the Kings on Monday with 32 points, three rebounds, one block and five 3-pointers.

He failed to bust out before tonight because his 3-point shooting wasn't dropping. That wasn't the case tonight as Irving hit 5-of-8 from there in this win. His breakout last year had a lot to do with hitting treys, so expect him to keep it going and improve from a quiet start this season.
Feb 8 - 10:06 PM


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