Player News - Cavaliers

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Collin Sexton made 9-of-16 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs for 24 points vs. the Wizards on Wednesday, adding two 3-pointers, three rebounds and four turnovers.

George Hill (shoulder) is still out roughly another week and it'll be interesting to see what coach Larry Drew does with the PG spot when the veteran is healthy. Sexton is still averaging as many turnovers (2.3) as assists (2.3), and only mustered two dimes tonight vs. a team that leads the NBA in assists allowed to opponents. He's scored double-digit points in four straight games and is trending in the right direction, but needs some supporting stats to help owners in 12-team leagues.
Nov 14 - 10:10 PM

Jordan Clarkson's streak of double-digit scoring ended at 13 games on Wednesday, as he was held to nine points with two rebounds, one assist and one steal.

When it rains, it pours for the Cavs this season. They got Cedi Osman back tonight but were still without Sam Dekker (left ankle), George Hill (shoulder), Kyle Korver (right foot), and of course Kevin Love (foot). They desperately need Clarkson's bench production but he was just 4-of-13 from the field tonight with six turnovers. And because he doesn't get many supporting stats, games like this are brutal for fantasy.
Nov 14 - 10:09 PM

Larry Nance contributed across the board on Wednesday with 10 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

The Cavs have out-rebounded opponents by a +34 margin with Nance and Thompson starting together, one of the few advantages they can claim all season. That could keep him as a starter but it's just as likely he reverts to a backup PF/C role once Cedi Osman gets up to speed. He only needs 24+ minutes to hit roto value, though, so either way he should be worth owning.
Nov 14 - 10:07 PM

Cedi Osman (lower back spasms) was back in action on Wednesday with four points, five rebounds, three assists and one block in 24 minutes.

He was on a minute-limit and was eased into things off the bench, so it's hard to get a read on his current role for coach Larry Drew. He could take over for J.R. Smith or Rodney Hood in the starting lineup, but Drew might prefer him to provide backup-PF minutes. Either way, he has more upside in points leagues where his 37.1% FGs and 76.2% FTs aren't a drag.
Nov 14 - 10:06 PM

Cedi Osman (back) will come off the bench and is expected to have a minutes limit against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He suffered the lower back injury last Wednesday and has been out since. Osman has shifted over to the four lately because the Cavs have lost Sam Dekker (ankle) and Kevin Love (foot), but maybe he'll play more three after Larry Nance showed he can play minutes at the four. Osman is brutal on efficiency, but he offers upside for owners looking for something on their bench.
Nov 14 - 6:11 PM

Kyle Korver (right foot) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wizards.

This will be the second straight game on the sidelines for Korver, but maybe he'll be able to get back out there for Monday's matchup with the Piston. Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood should see quality minutes tonight as some of the last men standing in Cleveland's backcourt.
Nov 14 - 5:44 PM

David Nwaba scored a season-high 18 points vs. the Hornets on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-9 shots in 27 minutes.

He topped off his line with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two triples. He's normally not known for his offense, but the Cavaliers are missing several guys right now and Nwaba can play multiple positions. He's not worth picking up for now since Cleveland only has one more game this week, but just keep an eye on him if you're in a deep league.
Nov 13 - 10:13 PM

Tristan Thompson pulled down a season-high 21 rebounds in Tuesday's win over Charlotte, adding 11 points, five assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

That matches a career-high and it's his third game ever with 20+ rebounds. Thompson has benefitted from the Cavaliers being shorthanded and has four straight double-doubles with averages of 15.5 points, 16.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in that span. He's becoming a must-own player for fantasy owners that can live with the hit to their FT%.
Nov 13 - 10:05 PM

J.R. Smith (illness) scored 13 points with five assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples vs. the Hornets on Tuesday.

He has really elevated his game since requesting a trade out of Cleveland. Maybe they will grant his wish and use the next several weeks to showcase him for a trade, but you should have a better option on your waiver wire with Cleveland only playing one more time this week.
Nov 13 - 9:56 PM

Jordan Clarkson led the Cavaliers to their second win of the campaign with a season-high 24 points vs. the Hornets on Tuesday.

He only had seven garbage-time points, so this wasn't all about the blowout. Clarkson hit 9-of-15 shots with five rebounds, two assists, one block and a triple in 28 minutes. He's quietly having a good season and has benefitted from Cleveland's tank, as he's flirting with top-100 value in standard leagues for his contributions in points (15.8), assists (1.8) and triples (1.3) on 47.5% shooting.
Nov 13 - 9:47 PM

Collin Sexton hit 7-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 33 minutes in Tuesday's 113-89 win over the Hornets.

He easily outplayed Kemba Walker, who hit 2-of-16 shots, and is rolling right now with George Hill (shoulder) out of the picture. The 18 shots were a career high, Sexton has scored between 15-20 points and has played between 33-42 minutes in each of his last three games, and has hit a 3-pointer in four straight games. It only took Hill's shoulder injury to kick start his season, but it's still possible that Hill's return to action could kill it, just as quickly. But with the Cavs only having two at this point, and Sexton figuring out how to play in the NBA, there's a pretty good chance Hill may not have a starting job when he comes back. Sexton's a very hot pickup if you need a guard in your fantasy league right now, but he only has one more game this week.
Nov 13 - 9:43 PM

Larry Nance started again and played 35 minutes on Tuesday, hitting 3-of-6 shots for seven points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a block in a 113-89 win over the Hornets.

Nance hasn't scored more than seven points in any of his last three games, but the minutes are on the rise and the 35 he played tonight are a season high. He's also hit double-digit rebounds in his last two games, blocked a shot in three straight games (with four of them on Saturday), and finally looks like he's ready to start producing consistently for the Cavs. Scoring is an issue right now, but we expect it to come around as long as his starting role and minutes stick going forward.
Nov 13 - 9:35 PM

J.R. Smith (illness) is not listed on the injury report for Tuesday's game vs. Charlotte.

Smith missed practice on Monday due to an illness, but is on track to suit up Tuesday night. Cedi Osman (lower back spasms) and Kyle Korver (foot) have already been ruled out for Tuesday's game, so Smith may see some extra playing time.
Source: NBA.com
Nov 13 - 12:26 PM

Kyle Korver (right foot soreness) is being listed as "out" for Tuesday's game against the Hornets.

Korver wasn't able to practice on Monday, and it looks like he'll be joining Cedi Osman (back), George Hill (shoulder), Kevin Love (foot) and Sam Dekker (ankle) on the sidelines tomorrow night. J.R. Smith (illness) is also questionable, so Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson could be forced into heavy minutes vs. Charlotte.
Nov 12 - 5:48 PM

Kyle Korver (sore foot) did not practice on Monday.

He had some foot issues last season so this is a red flag for the 37-year-old wing. The Cavs have already started to tank, but Korver will continue to get chances to showcase himself for a trade when he's healthy. With Cedi Osman (back) already ruled out and J.R. Smith dealing with an illness, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and David Nwaba could have their hands full on the wings.
Nov 12 - 1:11 PM


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