Williams posted 19 points (8-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot over 20 minutes in Wednesday's 126-113 loss to the Nuggets. Since joining the Cavaliers on March 1, Williams hasn't had much impact playing behind Kyrie Irving, but tonight marked his highest point total with the team. Williams could have an interesting role with the team in the next few weeks, as Cleveland may opt to rest some starters leading up to the playoffs, and his output tonight could garner some extra minutes in that role. He's also an excellent insurance policy for Irving if you're in a format that begins their playoffs this week or next week.
Williams will return to Sunday's tilt against the Lakers after heading to the locker room to address a left thumb injury he suffered during play, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports. The injury doesn't appear to be too serious considering Williams returned to game action. The Cavaliers will likely give an official designation after Sunday's contest, but Williams should be considered questionable for the teams' next tilt Wednesday against the Nuggets just as a precautionary measure.
Williams accumulated 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists and three rebounds across 26 minutes during Saturday's 108-78 loss to the Clippers. With LeBron James (rest), Kyrie Irving (rest/knee), and Kevin Love (rest) all out for Saturday's game, Williams drew the start but didn't perform particularly well. While his 4-for-8 shooting is certainly solid, he committed five turnovers along with his five assists, and failed to record a defensive statistic. That being said, the 32-year-old point guard's role within the team is that of Irving's backup when everyone is healthy, so Saturday's performance likely won't weigh too heavily on the team. His fantasy value has dropped substantially since leaving the Mavericks, and likely only remains an option in the deepest of year-long formats, or DFS when the Cavaliers' "Big Three" are sidelined.
Williams will draw the start at point guard for Saturday's matchup against the Clippers, Joe Gabriele of Cavs.com reports. With Kyrie Irving (knee/rest) out, Williams will draw the start at point guard. LeBron James (rest) and Kevin Love (rest) will also be sidelined for the game, so Williams will likely see heavy run and be the primary ballhandler for the Cavaliers, making him an intriguing option in DFS.
Williams will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Heat, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Williams drew the start at point guard on Saturday with Kyrie Irving getting the night off for rest, posting 10 points, five rebounds and seven assists across 27 minutes. However, with Irving back with the starters, Williams will head to the bench in the corresponding move and will likely see his minutes drop into the upper teens or low 20's, thus restricting him to a limited role with the second unit.
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