Cunningham will start at point guard Wednesday against the Raptors, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports. With Matthew Dellavedova (calf) ruled out and Mo Williams (ankle) on an undisclosed minutes limit, Cunningham will get the unexpected starting nod Wednesday. Although buyer beware, because Cunningham's season high for points is only 12, even though he's played at least 20 minutes in three games this year.
Cunningham managed just four points in his 27 minutes on the court Monday, but did grab three rebounds and two assists against Orlando. Cunningham has seen increased minutes in the last three contests for Cleveland, and his 27 minutes Monday were the most he's seen in the 2015-16 season to this point. It's been more likely for the shooting guard to see closer to 15 minutes on a given night, but the health issues Cleveland continues to endure allow for Cunningham to be a solid scoring option off the bench.
Cunningham moved back to a bench role in Sunday's win over the Pacers, finishing with five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt) over nine minutes. Cunningham was afforded his first NBA start Friday against the Sixers, but after failing to score a point in 20 minutes, coach David Blatt opted to switch things up and use Richard Jefferson as his starting shooting guard for Sunday's tilt. With Jefferson garnering over 20 more minutes Sunday, it doesn't appear Cunningham will enjoy a large role off the Cleveland bench going forward. In fact, Cunningham's role is only likely to become smaller once J.R. Smith (knee) and Iman Shumpert (wrist) return to action.
Cunningham started at shooting guard for the Cavaliers Thursday against Philadelphia, but did not score in 20 minutes. He had a rebound, an assist, a steal, and one missed shot. Cunningham replaced Richard Jefferson in the starting lineup, but Jefferson played more minutes and had a better game (17 points). The 6-4 guard could be paired with Mo Williams to offset some defensive concerns, but he likely won't produce enough offense to be fantasy relevant.
Cunningham will indeed start Friday against the 76ers, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Cunningham will start at shooting guard in place of the injured J.R. Smith (knee) Friday. He appears to have won the spot from veteran Richard Jefferson, and while Cunningham's production has been minimal thus far, it probably has to do with his placement on an extremely talented Cleveland team. Expect Cunningham to get solid minutes as the starter, and possibly better production than he has seen previously. He's a low-price sleeper play in daily leagues on Friday.
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