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Fantasy Update

Mar 24, 2017
numberFire
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, guard/forward J.R. Smith, forward LeBron James, forward/center Kevin Love and forward/center Tristan Thompson will start against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. What It Means: The Cavaliers play again on Saturday as they host the Washington Wizards, so it's possible that the first unit is on restricted minutes ahead of tomorrow's contest. Head coach Tyronn Lue said Love is no longer limited on back-to-back sets, so it sounds like he'll be available for both. numberFire's NBA Team Power Rankings currently have the Cavaliers in 7th place,...
Mar 23, 2017
numberFire
Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward J.R. Smith played 21 minutes in his return to the starting lineup on Wednesday, managing only 3 points on 1-of-6 shooting, adding 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals as the Cavs fell 126-113 to the Denver Nuggets. What It Means: This was Smith's 2nd start in his 8 games since returning from his thumb injury, a span in which he has averaged only 6.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.7 minutes per game while shooting an ugly .290 from the field. Smith finished dead-last among Cavs players with a -22.0 nERD on Wednesday, per numberFire...
Mar 22, 2017
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward J.R. Smith will start Wednesday's game, bumping guard/forward Iman Shumpert to the second unit. What It Means: Kyle Korver's (foot) absence caused head coach Tyronn Lue to move Smith to the second unit so the Cavaliers would have more shooting off the bench. With Korver back, Smith returns to his normal starting role. Shumpert isn't a viable fantasy option in most formats. Smith is projected to turn in 8.7 points and 1.6 3-pointers with 1.1 steals in 27.6 minutes on Wednesday night. Source: Rotoworld.com
Plain Dealer Mar 26, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers' latest defensive problem and J.R. Smith's 'training camp' continues: Fedor's five observations

Cleveland Cavaliers' latest defensive problem and J.R. Smith's 'training camp' continues: Fedor's five observations

The lack of zest was obvious. The Cavs stopped pushing the pace, the ball stopped hopping and they rarely looked for early offense.
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 24, 2017
Cavaliers 112, Hornets 105: LeBron James’ free-throw shooting helps Cavs surviving frightening moments against scrappy Hornets

Cavaliers 112, Hornets 105: LeBron James’ free-throw shooting helps Cavs surviving frightening moments against scrappy Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: For a Cavaliers team that on Wednesday got its injury-plagued starting five back on the court together for the first time since Dec. 17, the scary moments just keep on coming.J.R. Smith, Kevin Love and LeBron James survived a blindsiding pick, a rebound entanglement and an eye poke, respectively, as the defending champions fought and scrapped against the Charlotte Hornets Friday night in the Spectrum Center.Although they found the effort they had been lacking in the previous game, the Cavs went down to the wire with the 11th-place team in the Eastern Conference before pulling...
Plain Dealer Mar 24, 2017
J.R. Smith's wife shares good news about baby daughter no longer being intubated

J.R. Smith's wife shares good news about baby daughter no longer being intubated

According to Jewel's blog, which has been used to chronicle the progress, the nurse told her, "she's not intubated anymore" and mom was able to hold her without the nurses having to carefully secure the breathing tubes.
WKYC Mar 24, 2017
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Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith's...

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numberFire Mar 23, 2017

J.R. Smith struggles in return to Cavaliers' lineup

Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward J.R. Smith played 21 minutes in his return to the starting lineup on Wednesday, managing only 3 points on 1-of-6 shooting, adding 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals as the Cavs fell 126-113 to the Denver Nuggets. What It Means: This was Smith's 2nd start in his 8 games since returning from his thumb injury, a span in which he has averaged only 6.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.7 minutes per game while shooting an ugly .290 from the field. Smith finished dead-last among Cavs players with a -22.0 nERD on Wednesday, per numberFire...
Fear The Sword Mar 22, 2017
Kyle Korver returns vs. Nuggets, J.R. Smith inserted into starting lineup

Kyle Korver returns vs. Nuggets, J.R. Smith inserted into starting lineup

The Cavs are now at full strength. For the first time in about two weeks, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver will play. Korver returns Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets after missing seven games with a left foot injury. Korver underwent an MRI Wednesday and participated in the team’s shootaround. Additionally, J.R. Smith will start at shooting guard for the Cavs will Iman Shumpert returning to the bench, per reporting media in Denver. Kyle Korver will play tonight. J.R. Smith will start, Ty Lue said.— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydNBA) March 22, 2017 This is the first time the...
numberFire Mar 22, 2017

Cavaliers insert J.R. Smith into first unit, send Iman Shumpert to bench

Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward J.R. Smith will start Wednesday's game, bumping guard/forward Iman Shumpert to the second unit. What It Means: Kyle Korver's (foot) absence caused head coach Tyronn Lue to move Smith to the second unit so the Cavaliers would have more shooting off the bench. With Korver back, Smith returns to his normal starting role. Shumpert isn't a viable fantasy option in most formats. Smith is projected to turn in 8.7 points and 1.6 3-pointers with 1.1 steals in 27.6 minutes on Wednesday night. Source: Rotoworld.com
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 22, 2017

Kyle Korver a game-time decision vs. Nuggets

Kyle Korver’s availability against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at Pepsi Center will be a game-time decision. The Cavaliers’ 3-point specialist went through Tuesday’s full practice at UCLA, and played in a four-on-four on the side, coach Tyronn Lue said. But Lue and the medical staff want to see how Korver comes out of shoot-around Wednesday before declaring him ready to return. Korver has missed seven consecutive games with a sore tendon in his left foot. If Korver is able to play, Lue said J.R. Smith would return to the starting lineup. Lue wanted Smith, back since March 9...
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 19, 2017

Clippers 108, Cavaliers 78: Marla's 23 shots from Beyond the Arc on the anger no Big Three wrought

Notes, quotes and observations after the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Cavaliers 108-78 Saturday night at Staples Center. 1. The Cavs sat LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – electing to play them together Sunday night against the LA Lakers -- and the fans were not happy. “We Want LeBron” chants started with 10:07 left in the second quarter and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue and J.R. Smith were paying attention. 2. “I want him, too,” Lue said. Me, too, Smith said. 3. Lue admitted he would have watched an NCAA Tournament game over the Big Three-less Cavs. The last three March...
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 18, 2017

Cavaliers notebook: Coach Tyronn Lue apologizes to ABC as he sits the Big Three vs. Clippers

LOS ANGELES: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue actually apologized to ABC.For the second consecutive Saturday, the television network’s featured NBA game was missing half its stars.Injury issues prompted Lue to sit the Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love against the Los Angeles Clippers. He said the trio will instead play Sunday night against the Lakers, also at Staples Center.The Eastern Conference leaders sent out a lineup of Deron Williams, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye and Tristan Thompson against the Clippers, tied for fifth in the West going into the day’s...
Plain Dealer Mar 17, 2017
J.R. Smith says he isn't 'back in rhythm' yet, even after making most 3-pointers since return

J.R. Smith says he isn't 'back in rhythm' yet, even after making most 3-pointers since return

Smith scored 12 points on 4-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc in 30 minutes, the most since his return from a fractured thumb one week ago.
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 16, 2017
Cavaliers 91, Jazz 83: Season of adversity continues as Iman Shumpert, Kyrie Irving hurt

Cavaliers 91, Jazz 83: Season of adversity continues as Iman Shumpert, Kyrie Irving hurt

CLEVELAND: When Kevin Love returned Thursday night, there was a sense the Cavaliers had weathered the storm.They came into the game against the Utah Jazz at Quicken Loans Arena with a two-game lead over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings.J.R. Smith has five games under his belt after missing 36 with a fractured right thumb. Moving back into the starting lineup, Love cut nearly two weeks off his projected timetable following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Kyle Korver is close to getting back on the court after missing five games with a sore tendon in his left...
FOX Sports Mar 14, 2017
J.R. Smith knows what Larry Sanders' struggles

J.R. Smith knows what Larry Sanders' struggles

J.R. Smith knows what Larry Sanders' struggles
News-Herald Mar 13, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers: Channing Frye makes the MVP case for LeBron James

"I think people are just bored with greatness," Channing Frye says about the perception that LeBron James is being overlooked in the 2016-17 NBA MVP discussion.Don't miss>> J.R. Smith evaluates his on-court return for the Cleveland Cavaliers>> It didn't take long for Derrick Williams to know he belonged with the Cleveland Cavaliers>> Cleveland Cavaliers face challenge of working in newcomers
Akron Beacon Journal Mar 12, 2017

Cavaliers notebook: Deron Williams starts to make his presence felt with second unit

HOUSTON: Deron Williams is starting to show the Cavaliers how important he can be to their second unit.After Saturday night’s 116-104 victory over the Magic in Orlando, Williams drew rave reviews from coach Tyronn Lue and his teammates.“He gives us steady leadership off the bench. He gives us playmaking ability. A guy who can run a team and that’s perfect,” LeBron James said.“He’s a pass-first point guard, but he’s a point guard that can also score,” J.R. Smith said. “That’s probably the most dangerous player you could have. You can come off the screen, if you don’t play...

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