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Cavaliers' Cedi Osman: Scores 17 points in loss
Osman produced 17 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT). three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot across 30 minutes in Saturday's 124-102 loss to the Nuggets.
Osman continues to do a serviceable job for the Cavs, posting solid shot-making percentages from the floor (40.8 percent( and the charity stripe (80 percent). Replacing at LeBron James' position is a tall order, especially on a team riddled with injuries, but he's ensured a starting role with the team for the remainder of the season.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Collin Sexton: Collects team-high seven assists
Sexton turned in 10 points (4-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and a steal across 33 minutes in Saturday's 124-102 loss to the Nuggets.
Sexton's development is key to Cleveland's rebuilding effort, so the organization will give him every opportunity to succeed while assuming the risk and growing pains associated with a first-unit rookie point guard. Sexton's raw talent is apparent, but appears impatient often and doesn't let plays develop, which results in some turnovers and errant shots. The 20-year old is still a viable scoring option and has value in most seasonal formats.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Cameron Payne: Does nothing in spot start
Payne failed to score (0-2 FT) but added three assists and a rebound across 20 minutes in Saturday's 124-102 loss to the Nuggets.
Payne had played well off the bench in the Cavs' last two games, so it appears his start was an attempt to take advantage of a hot hand, but this tactic ultimately backfired. One should expect Alec Burks to be back in a starting role very soon.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Rodney Hood: Posts 18 points in loss
Hood totaled18 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), three assists and two steals across 27 minutes in Saturday's 124-102 loss to the Nuggets.
Hood saw his highest minutes total in almost a month, so it appears the cap imposed on Hood's usage may be coming to an end. Hood's Achilles injury has flared up periodically over the past two months but his 27 minutes on Saturday is a step in the right direction.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Ante Zizic: Posts career-high 23 points in loss
Zizic recorded 23 points (9-12 FG, 5-6 FT) and six rebounds across 31 minutes in Saturday's 1240-102 loss to the Nuggets.
Zizic once again took advantage of Tristan Thompson (face) and Larry Nance's (knee) absence and posted the team's best scoring total on Saturday. Zizic has been a tremendous DFS value in this injury scenario, and while he's expected to return to the bench when Thompson returns, he's certainly made a case to see a bit more playing time moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Cameron Payne: Moves into starting lineup
Payne will start Saturday's game against the Nuggets, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Payne started 11 of the first 12 games of the season for the Cavaliers, but Saturday marks his first time in the starting lineup since November 17. The 24-year-old has scored 26 points over the last two games (10-17 FG). Payne takes the starting spot of Alec Burks at Denver.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Alec Burks: Not starting Saturday
Burks is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game at Denver, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Burks has started the last seven games and 12 of the last 13, but will head to the bench in favor of Cameron Payne against the Nuggets. The 27-year-old was 6-for-18 for 13 points over the last two games, his lowest scoring output since mid-December.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' David Nwaba: Remains out Saturday
Nwaba (ankle) is out Saturday against the Nuggets.
Nwaba continues to be sidelined by a nagging left ankle sprain, which has kept him on the shelf since the day after Christmas. He remains day-to-day, with his next chance to play arriving Monday against the Bulls.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Out again Saturday
Thompson (foot) is out Saturday against the Nuggets.
Left foot soreness will prevent Thompson from playing in a second straight contest. Ante Zizic is a strong candidate to start again. He posted 15 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in 34 minutes Friday.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' David Nwaba: Still out Friday
Nwaba (ankle) is out Friday against the Jazz.
Nwaba hasn't played since Dec. 23, and the wing will continue to miss time while nursing a sprained left ankle. A timetable for his return hasn't been established, so he'll presumably continue to be day-to-day moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Listed out for Friday
Thompson has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Jazz due to left foot soreness.
It's unclear as to when Thompson's injury cropped up, but he'll be on the shelf Friday night as a result. With Larry Nance (knee) also out, Ante Zizic figures to receive the start at center. Given the description of Thompson's ailment, he figures to have a shot to return during the second half of his team's back-to-back Saturday against Denver.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Cameron Payne: Scores 12 points in loss
Payne produced 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt), three rebounds, and two assists in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 129-112 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Payne continues to make the most of his opportunity, and he delivered an efficient scoring performance in this one. With that being said, Payne is only a viable option in deeper or daily leagues.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Jaron Blossomgame: Grabs 10 boards in Wednesday's loss
Blossomgame finished with eight points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 129-112 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Blossomgame amassed a career high in blocks while matching his best rebounding total. This is the third time through 19 appearances that the rookie has hauled in 10 boards. Blossomgame had earned double-digit minutes in 12 of 14 appearances in December, but this is the first time through five January appearances that he has seen more than nine minutes.... See More ... See Less
Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson: Scores 22 points in loss
Clarkson collected 22 points (9-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and three assists in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 129-112 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Clarkson scored at least 20 points for the fourth time through eight games in January, shaking off two subpar outings in which he combined to score 21 points on 26 field-goal attempts. Clarkson has recorded 20-plus points 15 times through 44 appearances.... See More ... See Less