Williams poured in 14 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) during Thursday's 135-102 victory over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Williams was chucking away during his time on the court, posting his best shooting night of the postseason since Game 4 of the first round against the Pacers and draining his first three-pointers of the conference finals. The veteran point guard has proven to be a solid addition to the Cavs second unit and offers the security of an abundance of starting experience in the event of an injury to Kyrie Irving. As it has thus far in the playoffs, Williams' role in the Finals will likely fluctuate depending on game script, but he's likely to see minutes in the teens at a minimum in the majority of games.
Williams (illness) will play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics on Tuesday, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Williams was held out of the team's shootaround Tuesday morning, but after receiving treatment throughout the day, he's feeling good enough to take the court. That said, he's struggled to get anything going while coming in with the second unit and has averaged just 12.7 minutes over the first three games of this series, so he's likely not an intriguing DFS option for Tuesday's slate.
Williams missed morning shootaround due to an illness but should be considered probable for Tuesday's Game 4 matchup against the Celtics.
Williams has been seeing 15.0 minutes per game during these playoffs, so his potential absence would be significant. While Williams is expected to play, Iman Shumpert would likely absorb most of the minutes as the reserve point guard behind starter Kyrie Irving if Williams ultimately remains sidelined.
Williams scored 35 points (14-25 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-4 FT) with nine assists, seven rebounds, one steal and one block across 46 minutes in Monday's 124-121 overtime loss to the Heat.
Williams started in place of Kyrie Irving, who sat out Monday's game to rest, and he made the most of his opportunity by flirting with a triple-double. His 35 points were a season-high and his nine assists and seven rebounds were both his highest totals as a member of the Cavs. It's unclear whether Irving will play in the Cavs final game Wednesday, but if he doesn't Williams could make for a high upside cheap play in DFS settings.
Williams will start at point guard for Monday's matchup with the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Kyrie Irving is getting the night off for rest Monday, which allows Williams to draw into the starting lineup. He should see the bulk of the work at point guard, although the Cavaliers did recall Kay Felder from the D-League as well, who should help spell Williams. Iman Shumpert could also see extra ball-handling opportunities.
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.
Williams accumulated 10 points (4-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, and five rebounds across 27 minutes during Saturday's 120-92 loss to the Heat.
With Kyrie Irving (rest) and LeBron James (rest) both out for Saturday's matchup against the Heat, Williams drew the start and assumed the majority of the ballhandling duties for the team. Though he went 0-for-4 from three and scored just 10 points, he dished out seven assists, demonstrating his ability to work with the Cavaliers' bench unit, who all played major minutes in the absence of Irving, James, and Kevin Love (knee). Since Williams is largely regulated to the bench, his fantasy stock has drastically fallen from where it was earlier in the season when he started for the Mavericks, but could still make a solid DFS option whenever Irving misses time.
Williams will start Saturday's contest against the Heat, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
With Kyrie Irving (rest) out, Williams will get his first opportunity to play 30-plus minutes with his new team. LeBron James (rest) is also out, likely putting the majority of the team's ballhandling duties in Williams' hands. While Williams is likely not a viable option in most year-long fantasy formats, he may make a nice low-cost DFS option.
Williams will be available for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports. "I'm ready to get out there and play with these guys," Williams said after the Cavs' morning shootaround.
The 32-year-old officially signed with the Cavs on Monday after being waived by the Mavericks over the past weekend, and he figures to immediately slot in as the team's No. 2 point guard behind starter Kyrie Irving, bringing depth to a position that's been a weakness all season for Cleveland. Williams will be tasked with running the second unit, but he'll probably see a decline in overall fantasy value, as he's unlikely to closely approach the 29.3 minutes per game he received with the Mavericks. In order to accommodate the additions of Williams and center Andrew Bogut, who is set to be sign with the team later Wednesday, the Cavaliers are planning to release either Jordan McRae or DeAndre Liggins.
Williams will not play Monday against the Bucks, but coach Tyronn Lue said he hopes the veteran guard will make his Cavaliers debut Wednesday in Boston, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.
Williams officially joined the Cavaliers earlier Monday, but the 32-year-old will be held out of action as he and the team finalize the details of his acquisition. A debut Wednesday night seems realistic, though Williams' workload could be limited for a few games as he adjusts to a new system and new surroundings. Eventually, the plan is for Williams to run the second unit, which should coincide in minutes reductions for Iman Shumpert and Kay Felder.
Williams wasn't present for the Cavaliers' morning shootaround and is unlikely to play in Monday against the Bucks, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
After clearing waivers over the weekend, Williams isn't expected to officially sign with the Cavaliers until later Monday, and the team will likely want him to run him through a practice or two before using him in games. As a result, Williams' team debut isn't expected to come until Wednesday against the Celtics. He should immediately take over as the second-unit point guard, allowing starting shooting guard Iman Shumpert to spend most of his time exclusively on the wing.
Williams will sign with the Cavaliers on Monday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
As expected, the veteran will join the top team in the East after officially passing through waivers Saturday evening. At age 32, Williams is a shell of his former All-NBA self, but he's still a solid point guard and represents a significant upgrade for the Cavs, who have been forced to use Iman Shumpert as a de facto backup point guard for much of the season. Once he's up to speed with his new team, expect Williams to come off the bench behind Kyrie Irving to run the second unit.
Williams is expected to sign with the Cavaliers once he clears waivers, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.
Williams was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday, and the expectation all along has been that the veteran will head to Cleveland, where he'll provide much-needed experience and depth at the point guard position. With Kyrie Irving solidified in a starting role, the Cavs likely envision Williams as a backup who can run the second unit and occasionally play off the ball. The 32-year-old is averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 29.3 minutes on the season, while shooting 34.8 percent from three on 4.5 attempts per game. Williams joining the Cavaliers is contingent on him passing through waivers unclaimed, which is expected to be the case, but it's unclear when, exactly, he'd make his Cavaliers debut.
Williams was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.
Williams release was rumored to be in the works as soon as the trade deadline passed on Thursday. Dallas will be turning over the point guard duties to rookie Yogi Ferrell and Williams will be free to join any team if he clears waivers. Williams release will likely lead to some extra minutes for Devin Harris as well.
Williams scored 12 points (4-14 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding six assists, two rebounds and one steal across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 98-91 loss to the Pistons.
After missing eight games with a toe injury and being limited in the past two due to an illness and an ejection, Williams finally got back on track Wednesday, eclipsing 30 minutes in the starting lineup. Seth Curry and Yogi Ferrell have done an admirable job filling in for Williams when he's missed, but now that he's back, it'll be interesting to see how the guards' minutes will be adjusted. The poor shooting percentage was probably just some rust lingering on his game, but look for him to continue to return to form next Friday against the Timberwolves.
Williams tallied 2 points (1-1 FG), one rebound, one assist and a steal before being ejected in the second quarter during Monday's 111-98 loss to the Celtics.
Williams' second game back in the starting lineup was eventful, as he garnered two quick technical fouls and an ejection while arguing a foul call. Williams needs to kick off some rust as he missed eight games with a toe injury, and was questionable for Monday's game with an undisclosed illness. He will try to get his game back on track (and wrestle some minutes from Yogi Ferrell) Wednesday against the Pistons.
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