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Eastern Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
31-17 6-4 W2
30-20 5-5 W1
24-26 2-8 L1
22-26 5-5 L2
13-37 3-7 W1

Top Cavaliers News

  • Cavaliers' Ricky Rubio: Out due to injury management

    Rubio has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Thunder due to left knee injury management.

    Rubio played 17 minutes off the bench and totaled five points (2-7 FG), seven assists, three rebounds and one steal during Thursday's win over the Rockets. However, the veteran forward is coming a lengthy rehab following ACL surgery and will take the second night of Cleveland's back-to-back set off to rest his left knee. Donovan Mitchell (groin) is doubtful for Friday's contest, so it looks like Darius Garland and Caris LeVert will operate as the Cavaliers' starting backcourt, while Raul Neto and Cedi Osman could see increased roles off the bench.

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  • Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell: Unlikely to play Friday

    Mitchell (groin) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Thunder.

    Mitchell sat out Thursday's game against the Rockets and will likely remain out for the second half of the back-to-back set. The 26-year-old returned from a three-game absence Tuesday against the Knicks and played 38 minutes but appeared to aggravate his groin injury late in the matchup, so it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return. Assuming he remains out Friday, Caris LeVert should continue to see increased run for Cleveland.

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  • Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Out at OKC

    Love (back) remains out for Friday's matchup against the Thunder.

    The veteran will sit out a second straight game due to low back spasms. In Love's absence, Cedi Osman and Dean Wade may be asked to carry a heavier workload again.

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  • Cavaliers' Ricky Rubio: Season-high seven assists in win

    Rubio chipped in five points (2-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three rebounds, seven assists and one steal over 17 minutes during Thursday's 113-95 victory over the Rockets.

    Rubio continues to play a limited role off the bench and has not scored more than nine points in any of his games. However, he was able to dish out a season-high seven assists in the win. The fact he remains limited even with Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) sidelined tells you everything you need to know about his role moving forward. The Cavaliers want to have him up and running come the playoffs, meaning he could be locked in at no more than 20 minutes per night, at least for the foreseeable future.

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  • Cavaliers' Darius Garland: Strong two-way effort Thursday

    Garland closed with 26 points (9-16 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, nine assists and four steals across 33 minutes during Thursday's 113-95 win over Houston.

    Garland stepped things up on both ends of the floor, falling one assist short of another double-double while also adding multiple steals for the fifth straight game. With Donovan Mitchell still sidelined due to his groin issue, Garland has been able to shoulder more of the offensive load, scoring at least 20 points in 10 of his past 11 games. He has been a top-15 player over the past two weeks, rewarding anyone who took a chance on him in their drafts.

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  • Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro: Empty performance Thursday

    Okoro posted five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), one rebound and two assists in 26 minutes during Thursday's 113-95 victory over the Rockets.

    Okoro barely moved the needle in the victory, continuing what has been a lean season. Despite starting in 12 consecutive games, Okoro has scored more than 15 points only once, adding very little other than serviceable steal numbers. He can be considered in deeper formats due to the fact he has a solidified role. For those in standard leagues, he offers zero upside and can be safely left on waivers.

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  • Cavaliers' Caris LeVert: Set to start Thursday

    LeVert will start Thursday against the Rockets, Lachard Binkley of TheDreamShake.comreports.

    LeVert will make his 24th start of the season Thursday with Donovan Mitchell (groin) unavailable. The guard is averaging 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists as a starter this season.

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  • Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell: Will not play Thursday

    Mitchell (groin) will not take the floor for Thursday's meeting with the Rockets, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    On Tuesday, Mitchell returned from a three-game absence due to the injured left groin and recorded 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists across 38 minutes. However, with Thursday's contest being the opening leg of a back-to-back set, the Cavaliers will opt to give Mitchell the night off and not risk re-injury. Caris LeVert is the favorite to step into Mitchell's vacated spot in the first unit.

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  • Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Unavailable Thursday

    Love (back) won't play Thursday against the Rockets, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    After getting added to the injury report late Thursday, Love will ultimately sit out against the Rockets, putting Dean Wade and Cedi Osman in line for more minutes. The veteran's next chance to return to the court will be Friday against the Thunder.

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  • Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Questionable against Houston

    Love is questionable for Thursday's game against the Rockets due to low back spasms.

    Love wasn't on the Cavaliers' initial injury report, but he didn't participate in Thursday's shootaround and is in danger of missing the team's game against Houston. If he's unavailable, Dean Wade and Cedi Osman are candidates to see increased playing time.

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  • Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell: Officially questionable Thursday

    Mitchell (groin) is questionable for Thursday's game against Houston, Evan Dammarell of FearTheSword.com reports.

    Mitchell returned from a three-game absence Tuesday against the Knicks but appeared to aggravate his groin injury late in the game. He was unable to practice Wednesday, and it's unclear whether he'll be available a day later. If he's sidelined, Caris LeVert should reclaim a starting role.

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  • Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell: Sits out practice Wednesday

    Mitchell (groin) failed to practice Wednesday, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    After missing three straight games with a groin injury, Mitchell returned to action in Tuesday's loss to the Knicks but appeared to aggravate the groin issue during the Cavaliers' final possession of the game. Given that the guard failed to practice Wednesday, he should be considered questionable, at best, for Thursday's matchup against the Rockets until the Cavaliers officially release an injury report. Caris LeVert will likely step back into the starting lineup if Mitchell sits out.

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  • Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Plays 12 minutes in loss

    Love racked up zero points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one assist over 12 minutes during Tuesday's 105-103 loss to the Knicks.

    Over his past 10 appearances, Love has averaged 5.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.1 minutes per game. His 12 minutes Tuesday seems like a steep drop in playing time, but he actually saw the third-most minutes off the bench behind Caris LeVert (21) and Ricky Rubio (13), as Cleveland opted to role with its starters for the majority of a close matchup against a New York team that's not far behind the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference standings. Love is still part of Cleveland's plan, but his current role doesn't bode well for his fantasy potential.

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  • Cavaliers' Darius Garland: Drops 22 in loss to New York

    Garland closed with 22 points (6-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-10 FT), four rebounds, six assists and two steals across 35 minutes during Tuesday's 105-103 loss to the Knicks.

    The 22-year-old continues to look good since returning from a thumb injury at the beginning of the month. Garland has scored at least 20 points in five straight games and nine of the last 10, averaging 22.7 points, 8.5 assists, 3.6 boards, 2.3 threes and 1.1 steals over that stretch. If Donovan Mitchell -- who may have aggravated his groin injury at the end of Tuesday's loss -- ends up missing more time, Garland will be the go-to guy in the Cavs' backcourt.

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  • Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen: Double-double against Knicks

    Allen had 24 points (12-17 FG), 12 rebounds, one assist and one block in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 105-103 loss to the Knicks.

    It's the 18th double-double of the season for Allen and his fourth in January. The 24-year-old center is averaging 14.5 points, 8.3 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks through 12 games on the month while shooting 67.3 percent from the floor, but that stretch includes a Jan. 7 contest in which he played only seven minutes before exiting due to an illness.

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  • Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell: Teases triple-double in return

    Mitchell ended Tuesday's 105-103 loss to the Knicks with 24 points (9-24 FG, 6-14 3Pt), eight rebounds, eight assists, one block and four steals over 38 minutes.

    It was a heroic effort from the 26-year-old in his return from a three-game absence due to a groin injury, but he may have overdone it -- Mitchell struggled to get up after his final dunk attempt late in the game was blocked, and per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com, he said after the game it felt like his groin had tightened up again. The Cavaliers play Thursday in Houston and Friday in Oklahoma City, so Mitchell could be rested for at least one of those games if he's not yet 100 percent.

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Team Statistical Rankings

PTS/G OPP PTS/G
Team 111.5
(26th)
107.0
(1st)

Injuries

Player Injury
D. Mitchell SG Donovan Mitchell SG Groin
K. Love PF Kevin Love PF Back
R. Rubio PG Ricky Rubio PG Knee
D. Windler SG Dylan Windler SG Hamstring

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