Player News - Cavaliers

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Anderson Varejao (Achilles) will not return at any point in the NBA Finals.

There was an earlier report that AV could be back, but there's really no point with how well Tristan Thompson is playing. Plus, Varejao has become one of the more injury prone players in the NBA. Expect Thompson and Timofey Mozgov to hold down the paint.
May 29 - 2:09 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) said that his health has been steady since beating the Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals.

Irving went on to say that he expects to start on Stephen Curry defensively in the Finals, but added that it will be a team effort in containing the 2014-15 league MVP. Cleveland was the best team in the league at defending the 3-point line during the postseason, holding their opposition to just 28.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc, but the Warriors were the second-best team from distance during the playoffs shooting 38.0 percent from deep. After a rather lackluster Conference Finals, NBA fans should be in for a show during the Finals.
May 29 - 1:56 PM

Brian Windhorst is reporting that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) could be activated during the Finals in the event of an emergency.

Cavs' GM David Griffin said back in April that he didn't even believe it was a "remote possibility" that Varejao could return this postseason, so this report should be viewed with some skepticism. Windhorst does say that Varejao will only play on an emergency basis, so it sounds like as long as Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson are healthy, we're not going to see Varejao activated.
May 29 - 9:38 AM

Bill Laimbeer told the Dan Patrick show that he would take LeBron James over Michael Jordan.

Before doubling-down on his opinion by saying that Jordan could not have led James' current Cavs team to the NBA Finals, Laimbeer said he views LeBron James as a superior player to Michael Jordan. "There’s no question I would take LeBron James," Laimbeer said. "He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds, get you 15 assists or score 50 if he wants to." With some down time before the Finals start, we're guessing this isn't the last Jordan-James comparison we'll hear.
Source: USA Today
May 28 - 12:32 PM

Kevin Love is reportedly considering his options in potential free agency this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

While the first domino to fall would be Love opting out of his current contract with the Cavaliers, the 26-year-old is reportedly considering the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets as potential free agency destinations. "I think he’s going to look around," Wojnarowski said. "I think he’s going to look closely at Boston. I think he’ll look at LA. I’m sure the Texas teams are going to try and get involved." We'll keep Love's status updated as soon as more information becomes available as it looks like the NBA is in for another Summer of Love.
May 28 - 11:09 AM

Former Bulls center Bill Cartwright said LeBron James can finally be compared to Michael Jordan.

While Cartwright said LeBron's best comparison might be Magic Johnson, he added that James compares favorably with his former teammate. "Michael was as hard as anyone to guard," Cartwright said. "This guy [LeBron] is really unguardable. Who do you match him with? He's too darn big and too darn strong. Put a big guy on him and he goes around them. Put a small guy on him and he beats him up. He's a nightmare of a match-up. "He's absolutely on best player on planet right now. I don't think you'd get much argument on that."
Source: AL.com
May 28 - 9:41 AM

LeBron James said that mission in Game 4 against the Hawks was to get Joe Harris into the game.

"My mission was to get Joe Harris into the game," James said. "That's what I told the guys at halftime. I said, our motivation for the second half is to get Joe Harris in the game, and they answered the call." The Cavaliers had a 17-point lead at the half, but James made sure his team kept up the pressure so that Harris could get some action. Harris hit both of his shots and finished with seven points, one board, one assist and one 3-pointer in six minutes. The rookie has played well in spurts this season, but he won't see consistent playing time with the Cavaliers close to full strength.
May 27 - 12:08 PM

Head coach David Blatt said that Matthew Dellavedova was dealing with an illness in Game 4 vs. the Hawks.

Dellavedova played just 17 minutes in Game 4 after playing 45 in Game 3, but the biggest reason why he saw a reduced role was because Kyrie Irving (knee) returned from a two-game absence. The NBA Finals don't take place until June 4, so Dellavedova will have more than enough time to fully recover. However, with Irving active, he won't see enough run to matter in fantasy leagues.
May 27 - 11:44 AM

Kyrie Irving admitted after Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Hawks that he knew he would be able to play the day before.

"From my standpoint, I knew last night (Monday) that I was going to play," Irving said. "I knew I wasn't going to sit on the bench and watch our guys go through a close out game. I just wanted to be out there so bad and I was doing everything the night before and this morning to get myself ready and took it serious. These last four days have been kind of hell for me just icing, icing, icing and getting my knee ready. I wanted to be a part of this." Irving looked pretty good on Tuesday and contributed 16 points, five assists, four boards, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block in just 22 minutes, so he should be ready to go for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 4.
May 27 - 11:29 AM

Tristan Thompson double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds (five offensive) to help Cleveland sweep the Hawks with a Game 4 drubbing on Tuesday.

Cleveland has an outstanding offensive rebound rate of 30.0 percent in the series, compared to just 15.4 percent for Atlanta, and Thompson is the reason for the disparity. LeBron James said this week that he feels Thompson should be a Cavalier for "his whole career" and coach David Blatt readily agreed. Thompson is a restricted free agent this summer and it sounds like the Cavs will do all they can to retain him.
May 26 - 11:18 PM

J.R. Smith posted 18 points, four 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and three assists in only 29 minutes off the Cavs' bench during Tuesday's blowout win.

Smith recorded double-digit rebounds just once during the regular season but he's now done it in consecutive playoff games, and his efficient line tonight helped make up for Iman Shumpert's three points on 1-of-8 shooting. Smith is in a terrific rhythm and NBA fans should be in for some fireworks with Swish in the Finals for the first time in his career.
May 26 - 11:18 PM

Kyrie Irving returned from a two-game absence to finish Tuesday's series-clinching victory with 16 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

Irving was medically cleared to play and the Cavs opted to start him for a few reasons -- they wanted him to re-establish a rhythm and regain confidence in his knee, and Irving himself was eager to get back on the court. He moved well and avoided any setbacks despite taking a few falls throughout the game, and should benefit enormously with the Finals not beginning until June 4. We'll have copious updates on his health in the coming week, but he should be raring to go for Game 1.
May 26 - 11:13 PM

LeBron James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals with a 118-88 win in Cleveland on Tuesday, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and only one turnover in 29 minutes.

LBJ needed IVs after Game 3 to help with dehydration and cramping, but he wasn't worse for the wear in a thoroughly dominant performance tonight. The Hawks threw a variety of defenders at LeBron but never found a way to slow him down in the series -- amazingly, James fell only three assists shy of averaging 30-10-10 in the Conference Finals. He and teammate James Jones are now the first players since the 1960s to appear in five consecutive NBA Finals, and LeBron will have eight full days to rest before squaring off vs. the Warriors or Rockets.
May 26 - 11:06 PM

Kyrie Irving (left knee) will play with a 25-minute limit in Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

Irving's tendinitis has improved enough that the team's trainers cleared him to play and start, sending Matthew Dellavedova back to the Cavs' bench. It's unclear how long Irving will have his playing time restricted, but he could earn a week-long break if the Cavs sweep the series with a win on Tuesday.
May 26 - 8:02 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) will go through a pregame warmup to determine whether or not he will be able to play in Tuesday's Game 4 vs. the Hawks.

Irving will be a game-time decision, and is currently listed as questionable for Game 4, but there is some reported optimism from the Cavs side that he'll be able to give it a go. If the Cavs can win their series tonight, they'll have eight days to rest up for the Finals. The decision as to whether Irving can play or not will be made by Cleveland's medical staff, but should he be cleared, Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Stay tuned.
May 26 - 6:51 PM


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