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X-rays on Kevin Love's left thumb were negative and coach Ty Lue confirmed that Love will be ready to go for Game 3 on Friday.

"[Love] is good. He’s fine," Lue said. "Just a jammed thumb. Ready to go for Game 3." Lue added that he liked the "flow of the team" down the stretch, which is the only reason he didn't put Love back into the game after his injury late in the fourth quarter. We'll leave him on the injury report as a precaution, but it's safe to deploy him in DFS and other postseason fantasy formats.
Apr 18 - 10:41 PM

LeBron James was magnificent during the Cavs' Game 2 victory, making 17-of-24 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs to score 46 points with 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

LeBron was on a mission from tip-off tonight, scoring 16 of the Cavs' first 19 points en route to a series-tying home win. He's now scored 40+ points in 20 playoff games during his career, and he fell just three points shy of his postseason career high. He went just 7-of-17 from the field in a rare Game 1 defeat on Sunday, but it didn't take LBJ long to play another MVP-worthy game to get his team back on level terrain in the series.
Apr 18 - 10:01 PM

Tristan Thompson picked up a DNP-CD during Game 2 on Wednesday.

Thompson may not return to the rotation while Kevin Love and Larry Nance are healthy, at least not during the Cavs' first-round series vs. Indiana, but it's worth noting that Love hurt his left thumb in the fourth quarter tonight. His absence is even more glaring in light of the $36 million Cleveland owes him through 2020.
Apr 18 - 9:59 PM

Jeff Green came off the bench for two points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal on Wednesday, shooting 1-of-3 from the field in 13 minutes.

Green shot 0-of-7 during a disastrous Game 1 loss and it's no surprise that he was demoted tonight -- the Cavs also benched Rodney Hood, with J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver taking over the starting duties.
Apr 18 - 9:59 PM

Kyle Korver (foot, illness) moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday, scoring 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 31 minutes.

Korver was limited to just four minutes on Wednesday but that was due to coach Ty Lue's rotations, and Lue waited until the last minute to reveal his lineups for Game 2. "Being strategic in the playoffs, if you tell your lineup they can see what matchups they want to do and who's going to guard who," Lue said. We're expecting to see Korver start in Indiana on Friday.
Apr 18 - 9:58 PM

J.R. Smith had five points, two steals, one assist and one block in 35 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, making 2-of-5 field goals and 1-of-2 free throws.

Smith and Kyle Korver slid into the starting lineup tonight, displacing Rodney Hood and Jeff Green, and the move resulted in a critical 100-97 victory. The results were less than stellar if you deployed Smith in DFS, of course, but inconsistency is nothing new for J.R. In 61 starts this season he averaged a modest 8.4 points on 39.3% shooting, 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals.
Apr 18 - 9:57 PM

Rodney Hood shifted to a bench role on Wednesday, finishing with five points on 2-of-5 shooting, one assist and two turnovers in 16 minutes.

Hood admitted that his rhythm was disrupted by early foul trouble in Game 1, and coach Ty Lue opted to go small with his starting lineup tonight. Given his dwindling role and lack of supporting stats, it's impossible to trust Hood for DFS and playoff-specific fantasy value.
Apr 18 - 9:57 PM

George Hill (back) fouled out of Game 2 with six points, three assists and two turnovers in 20 minutes of action.

Hill's back tightened up on him recently but he played through the injury tonight, and the low minutes were due to pervasive foul trouble. Backup PG Jose Calderon wound up playing 13 minutes tonight and will continue to have a key role if Hill's back limits him going forward. For now we're assuming he'll be fine for Game 3 on Friday.
Apr 18 - 9:56 PM

Kevin Love jammed his left thumb during the fourth quarter of Game 2, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting, two 3-pointers and eight rebounds in 34 minutes.

Despite being forced to the bench down the stretch of a close game, coach Ty Lue said afterward, "[Love] is good." He broke his left hand earlier in the season but this injury was unrelated, as his thumb twisted awkwardly when hit by a pass from Victor Oladipo. We'll add him to the injury report for Friday's Game 3 but it sounds like he'll be ready to roll. If he is forced to miss time, Larry Nance and Jeff Green will be forced to step up and Tristan Thompson could reemerge in the rotation.

J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver will move into the Cavs' starting lineup on Wednesday, replacing Rodney Hood and Jeff Green.

Rodney Hood and Jeff Green head to the bench as a consequence, which isn't a shock since both guys struggled during the Cavs' lopsided Game 1 defeat.
Apr 18 - 6:49 PM

The Cavs could go small with J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver starting over Rodney Hood and Jeff Green for Game 2 on Wednesday.

Coach Ty Lue said he will wait until the last minute to reveal his lineups, so we may not know until after 7:00. Korver is expected to have a minutes limit, so he'll be a risky DFS play.
Apr 18 - 6:35 PM

Rodney Hood will play on Wednesday night for Game 2 against the Pacers.

He wasn't at shootaround for personal reasons, and he did tweet out that Riley and Rich Hood were born today. Hood has not play well lately and it's possible that J.R. Smith takes over as the starter while Kyle Korver should see more action.
Apr 18 - 5:20 PM

Kyle Korver (illness) has been removed from the injury report.

After sitting out Monday's practice, Korver was a full participant on Tuesday. He played just four minutes in Game 1, so expectations should be low heading into Game 2.
Apr 18 - 1:32 PM

The Cavaliers removed George Hill (back) from the injury report.

He's been limited by a stiff back, but he'll be good to go for Game 2 on Wednesday after originally being listed as questionable. Hill clearly wasn't himself in Game 1, scoring just seven points on seven shots in 18.5 minutes.
Apr 18 - 1:30 PM

Rodney Hood was excused from the morning shootaround for personal reasons.

Hopefully everything is OK, but Hood is fully expected to rejoin the team for Wednesday's Game 2 vs. the Pacers. Hood was quiet in Game 1, scoring nine points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one triple in 21 minutes.
Apr 18 - 10:58 AM


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