Player News - Cavaliers

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Iman Shumpert sank a season-high four 3-pointers vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes.

Shump hit 4-of-8 shots overall, taking advantage of an expanded role with J.R. Smith (knee) out of commission tonight. His real-world value doesn't translate very well to fantasy, and he's just a borderline 14-team option while Smith is day-to-day and the Cavs are healthy.
Dec 8 - 12:38 AM

Tristan Thompson scored three points on Wednesday, going 0-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but he also secured a season-high 20 rebounds in 34 minutes of action.

Thompson added two steals, one block, one assist and zero turnovers, and his work on the glass was instrumental in the Cavs' 126-94 victory. Although he'll never offer much upside, Thompson remains a rock-steady source of boards, blocks and FG percentages. As a bonus for 9-cat owners, he turns the ball over just 0.5 times per game.
Dec 8 - 12:37 AM

LeBron James made a statement vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, racking up 25 points (7-of-10 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs) with seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

James relishes playing in Madison Square Garden, where his career 28.5 points per game rank third all-time behind Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. He had extra juice tonight due to a simmering feud with Phil Jackson, whom LBJ proceeded to stare down while leading his team to a commanding early lead. Follow the link for one of his many vicious dunks tonight.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 8 - 12:36 AM

Kyrie Irving made 9-of-17 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws en route to 28 points on Wednesday, adding four 3-pointers, six assists and two rebounds in 30 minutes.

The Knicks were giving up a ridiculous 50.6 points in the paint over their past five games, highest in the NBA, but the Cavs did most of their damage from long range tonight -- they shot a stunning 22-of-40 as a team (55.0 percent). Kevin Love added four triples as part of his 21-point evening, James Jones scored nine points on 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and the Cavs rolled to an easy 126-94 victory.
Dec 8 - 12:35 AM

DeAndre Liggins started Wednesday's road win in New York, which he finished with six points, two 3-pointers, two boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

J.R. Smith (knee) was out due to a knee injury he sustained on Monday, though X-rays were negative and he's considered day-to-day. Liggins' start was designed mostly to keep the Cavs' second unit intact, and he's not an appealing short-term option.
Dec 8 - 12:34 AM

DeAndre Liggins will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Knicks with J.R. Smith (knee) unavailable.

This will be just the second start of Liggins' career, and while he will see some increased opportunity with the first unit tonight, Smith's minutes will likely be divvied up between Liggins, Iman Shumpert and Jordan McRae with their being no clear winner here.
Dec 7 - 10:38 AM

J.R. Smith is listed as out for Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

No revenge game for Mr. Smith. X-rays on his knee came back negative and the Cavs said he's day-to-day. Iman Shumpert should get a bump in minutes with Smith on the shelf, but he's not worth a look outside of very deep leagues. Smith has been in a brutal shooting slump and his owners shouldn't hesitate to drop him for a hot free agent.
Dec 6 - 7:12 PM

J.R. Smith's MRI revealed no structural damage to his injured left knee, and he is being listed as day-to-day.

X-rays taken on Smith's knee also came back negative, and with the day-to-day tag, it seems like there's a possibility he could return to action as soon as Wednesday's game in New York. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Dec 6 - 5:29 PM

Tristan Thompson had six points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in Monday's win over the Raptors.

After three pretty disappointing lines, Thompson got back on track tonight. Despite some quiet nights, he's still averaging 8.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his last five, meaning he's worth hanging onto if you're thin at center. Just don't expect him to score very much.
Dec 5 - 10:49 PM

LeBron James hit 12-of-26 shots, two 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws for 34 points, eight boards, seven assists and two steals in Monday's tough 116-112 win over the Raptors..

Kevin Love chipped in with 28 points, 14 rebounds and six 3-pointers, and Kyrie Irving added 24 points, two 3-pointers and seven assists in the win. Irving is finally dishing, handing out 15 assists over his last two games.
Dec 5 - 10:43 PM

X-rays taken on J.R. Smith's left knee came back negative.

The Cavaliers will re-evaluate his status on Tuesday morning, so that's when his owners can expect a timetable. Iman Shumpert played 20 minutes against the Raptors on Monday, but he scored just two points and is not a great add in most formats. Smith hasn't been playing well at all lately and is not a must-own player in standard leagues.
Dec 5 - 10:05 PM

J.R. Smith has a left knee injury and will not return to Monday's game vs. Toronto.

According to Cavs reporter Dave McMenamin, Smith has been favoring that knee for a while. He had a noticeable limp on his way to the locker room and the Cavs ruled him out pretty quickly, so that's not a good sign. Iman Shumpert and Mike Dunleavy will have to step up, but neither player is an add in standard leagues just yet.
Dec 5 - 8:20 PM

J.R. Smith (knee) left Monday's game vs. the Raptors and went back to the locker room.

He was in noticeable pain and was down for a bit, but he was able to limp to the locker room under his own power. He was sidelined by an ankle injury earlier this season, but right now it's not clear if he's dealing with a ankle or knee issue. We should know for sure soon and he should be considered questionable to return.
Dec 5 - 8:06 PM

Mike Dunleavy (concussion) returned to practice on Sunday.

This means that he will likely be good to go for Monday's game vs. the Raptors. He's only averaging 15.6 minutes per game, so he's not a fantasy option.
Dec 4 - 12:53 PM

James Jones said that he will retire after the 2017-18 season.

"I know playing 15 years is a number where I can look back and I can be like, ‘I accomplished something," Jones said. "Fourteen vs. 15 may not be much, but to be able to say I played 15 years, that’s enough for me to hang ‘em up." He's only averaging 5.0 minutes per game this season, but he's hit 8-of-11 from 3-point range on the season.
Dec 4 - 10:09 AM


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