Nwaba collected 13 points (5-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds and three assists over 23 minutes Friday night against Golden State. Nwaba converted on 71.4 percent of his field goals in a 120-114 loss at Oracle Arena. His production was somewhat surprising, as he'd been held to just 16 total points over his previous three matchups heading into Friday's clash. Nwaba should see plenty of opportunities in the final two matchups of the regular season.
Nwaba will start Saturday's game against the Clippers, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports. Kevin Love (shoulder) is out, so coach Larry Drew will give Nwaba the nod. In 13 prior starts this season, he's averaging 7.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 26.3 minutes.
Nwaba totaled 11 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt), three rebounds and one steal across 19 minutes in the Cavaliers' 116-110 loss to the Spurs on Thursday. Nwaba continues to see a steady diet of minutes in the high teens on the majority of nights and offer serviceable contributions in scoring and rebounding relative to playing time. The second-year wing typically deals in high-percentage shots and is also an effective defender, but the overall minutes cap he's usually subject to when on the second unit limits his fantasy viability.
Updating a previous report, Nwaba will start Monday's game against Detroit, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports. It was initially reported that Marquese Chriss would get the nod in place of Kevin Love, but the Cavs will, in fact, go with Nwaba, who started the last game Love missed.
Nwaba will start Tuesday's game against the 76ers, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports. With Larry Nance, Tristan Thompson, Marquese Chriss and Kevin Love out, the Cavs will have little choice but to go small up front, so Nwaba will get the nod at power forward, with Ivica Zubac at center.
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