Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

Joe Harris has been recalled from the Canton Charge.

He's not going to be in the rotation unless garbage time is a factor. Harris played in nine regular season games for the Charge this season, averaging 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 31.7 minutes per game.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 20 - 2:40 PM

LeBron James said it's "very important" to keep Kevin Love involved.

"It’s very important Kev stays involved," James said. "For our ultimate goal Kev has to be in a rhythm or at least touching the ball. I’m going to have the ball a lot, Kyrie is going to have the ball a lot. I’m just trying to find a way to get Kev touches." Love finished his first playoff game ever with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four dimes on 5-of-14 shooting.
Apr 20 - 9:49 AM

Kevin Love looked great in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring 19 points (5-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), with a game-high 12 rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover through 33 minutes of action.

Love struggled from the field a bit, but he made shots when it really counted, and his aggressive play on the glass was a big boost for Cleveland. Boston isn't a great team at defending the power forward position, so Love should continue to put up quality numbers throughout the series. It'll be interesting to see if a deep playoff run tilts Love's hand towards re-signing with the Cavs this offseason.
Apr 19 - 6:19 PM

LeBron James filled up the stat sheet during his 42 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe), with six rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, one block and five turnovers.

LeBron also passed Michael Jordan for ninth-most assists in the NBA post-season history with this performance, so there's yet another accolade James can add to his Hall of Fame resume. He did bump knees with Tyler Zeller at one point and limped back to the bench, but he played through it, and his 42 minutes would suggest that this will be a non-issue moving forward.
Apr 19 - 6:04 PM

Foul trouble limited J.R. Smith to just 19 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday, and he managed just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Smith added two 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover, and he just wasn't much of a factor today. Smith is basically an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets hot, he can really light up the 3-point category. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance for Game 2 on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 5:52 PM

Kyrie Irving was fabulous in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring a game-high 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting (3-of-5 from the line), with five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover through 41 minutes of action.

Irving looked confident during his first-career playoff game, and Boston really didn't have any answers for him. He also become just the second player in Cavs' franchise history to score 30 points in his playoff debut, with the other guy to accomplish the same feat going by the name of LeBron James. This should be a relatively short series.
Apr 19 - 5:45 PM

LeBron James showered praise on teammate Kyrie Irving and said that the sky was the limit for him.

"I think the sky is the limit for that kid and his talent, his work ethic, the fact that he loves to continue to learn about how to play the game, I think the sky is the limit for him and like you said, the kid is 23-years old, man," James said. "And to do the thing's that he's doing in our league right now, it's been awesome to be a part of it with him." Irving will be playing in his first playoff game vs. the Celtics on Sunday, and it will be encouraging for him to know that he will be going to battle with James by his side.
Apr 19 - 10:54 AM

Brendan Haywood said he was "shocked" he played on Wednesday against the Wizards.

"I had got a notification on Rotoworld before the game and it said I was resting," Haywood said. "Where and the hell did that come from? I've been resting all season." This is amazing and there are a ton of other great quotes in the link below (hat tip to Chris Haynes for this story, as well). Haywood played 15 minutes against one of his former teams, scoring five points with two blocks. Mr. Haywood, if you're receiving this in a mobile alert, we won't say you're "resting" ever again. Also, congrats on an NBA career spanning over a decade.
Apr 16 - 8:33 PM

Kyrie Irving played 18 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday during a 113-108 win, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

Kyrie is in the playoffs and he'll be a favorite among most people to be a point guard in the NBA Finals. Irving's season was truly awesome and his ability to connect on catch-and-shoot shots explains a lot. He'll be a first-round target in drafts next season. The Cavs face the Celtics in Cleveland for Game 1 on Sunday.
Apr 16 - 12:24 AM

Iman Shumpert scored 18 points against the Wizards on Wednesday with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

If you're scoring at home, Shumpert missed his 10th dunk attempt this season. He has been missing a lot in his NBA career and is just a 40 percent shooter. Shump won't have consistent minutes in the postseason.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 16 - 12:19 AM

J.R. Smith will not start the second half against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He's probably done for the night, checking out with no points, three assists and one turnover. Smith also had a zero-point game on Apr. 10, but he did have a huge game on Monday with 28 points. Needless to say, he's happy to be with the Cavs on the basketball side of things.
Apr 15 - 9:34 PM

Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will not start the second half against the Wizards on Wednesday.

There's no rest for the weary, but there's plenty of rest in Wizards at Cavs. Love should be done for the night, checking out with 19 points, three boards and five 3-pointers. Additionally, when LeBron James was asked who the MVP was this season, he said "Kevin Love."
Apr 15 - 9:22 PM

LeBron James will rest as a precaution during Wednesday's season finale.

Kyrie Irving (hip) will play but all of the Cavs' key players will have their minutes curtailed, according to coach David Blatt. This is a disappointing end to LeBron's regular season, though it's also predictable since the Cavaliers are locked into the No. 2 seed in the East -- they'll play the Celtics in the first round.
Apr 15 - 6:22 PM

Kyrie Irving (hip) will play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday, though he will be on a minute-limit.

The rest of Cleveland's starters will also be limited, and LeBron James is resting as a precaution, so consider all your options before locking too many Cavs into active fantasy lineups.
Apr 15 - 6:21 PM

LeBron James triple-doubled in Monday's 109-97 win over the Pistons on Monday, scoring 21 points on 7-of-17 shooting (including three treys) with 10 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one block.

LeBron's status on Wednesday is questionable until we hear otherwise, but we're not going to put him on the injury report until we get some news to that effect.
Apr 14 - 12:34 AM


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