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Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Tyler Zeller scored 22 points with 11 rebounds, helping Cleveland to a 114-85 over a depleted Brooklyn team on Wednesday night.
Impact: Zeller was 9 of 11 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line in the victory.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zeller posted 22 points (9-11 FG, 4-5 FT) with 11 rebounds in the win over Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Impact: Zeller put up his nice numbers against the second and third stringers of the Nets, but it was good to see him finish his second season on an upswing. In his last five games, he averaged 13.6 points on 65.9 percent from the field and 7.6 rebounds.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bennett (knee) returned to the court for the first time since Mar. 8 and had seven points (3-6 FG, 1-2 FT) and seven rebounds in 15 minutes in the win over Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Impact: Bennett had a rough first season in Cleveland. He was buried on the depth chart and the team would not let the first overall pick get experience in the D-League. He should be able to get into better shape this summer and compete for more minutes in his second year in the league.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Felix played for the first time in 38 games after breaking his kneecap in the season finale win over the Nets on Wednesday. He had 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and three assists in 12 minutes.
Impact: With the injury and the Cavaliers' more veteran depth at wing, the rookie from Arizona State did not get much of an opportunity (six games) to play in Cleveland. Monitor his progress over the summer because the defensive specialist could get more minutes next year, particularly if Luol Deng leaves the Cavs.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Felix (knee) will be available Wednesday against the Nets, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: A left patellar stress fracture has kept Felix out of the lineup since early January, but the 2013 second-round pick will have an opportunity to return in the final game of the season. Felix spent part of the season with the Canton Charge of the D-League and has appeared in just six games for the Cavs.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bennett (knee) is available to play Wednesday against the Nets, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Bennett has not played since Mar. 8 while dealing with a left patellar tendon strain, but after participating in Tuesday's practice, he'll be available to make his return to the court. After a slow start to the season pushed him out of the rotation, Bennett rebounded, somewhat, in the month of February, averaging 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 44.2 percent from the field. It's not likely he'll see extended minutes Wednesday, but at least the 2013 first overall pick will an opportunity to conclude the season on a high note.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miles (ankle) will not play in the Cavs' season finale Wednesday, the News-Herald reports.
Impact: Miles was only able to play in 51 games this season, has he sustained a severely sprained ankle in mid-February that caused him to miss a lot of time. He averaged 9.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 19.3 minutes per game this season.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Felix (knee) could play in the Cavs' regular season finale, The News-Herald reports.
Impact: Felix last played in a game on Jan. 7, so the fact that he could go for the final is surprising. He isn't a huge contributor for the team anyway, but another guy off the bench is good for any team.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bennett (knee) could play Wednesday after participating in the team's contact practice on Tuesday, The News-Herald reports.
Impact: Bennett hasn't played in a game since March 8, but he could take the floor for the team's season finale. The game has no purpose for the team, so they wouldn't risk Bennett's future health at this point. He will look to live up to the first overall draft status in 2014-15 after a disappointing rookie season.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bennett (knee) could play Wednesday after participating in the team's contact practice on Tuesday, The News Herald reports.
Impact: Bennett hasn't played in a game since March 8, but he could take the floor for the team's season finale. The game has no purpose for the team, so they wouldn't risk Bennett's future health at this point. He will look to live up to the first overall draft status in 2014-15 after a disappointing rookie season.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bennett (knee) could play Wednesday after participating in the team's contact practice on Tuesday, The News Herald reports.
Impact: Bennett hasn't played in a game since March 8, but he could take the floor for the team's season finale. The game has no purpose for the team, so they wouldn't risk Bennett's future health at this point. He will look to live up to the first overall draft status in 2014-15 after a disappointing rookie season.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Deng has won the J. Walter Kennedy Award, given annually to an NBA player for community service.
Impact: Deng has had a long commitment to philanthropic work in his native South Sudan. His recent public service announcement for EnoughProject.org urges peace in his homeland. Deng also established a charitable foundation in Britain, which granted his family political asylum. Cavs coach Mike Brown says Deng's award is ''well-deserved. He has an amazing story.'' Deng says he's honored to receive the award, which is named after the league's second commissioner and has been handed out since 1975.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Deng (back ) will miss Wednesday's season finale, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: The Cavaliers don't have anything left to play for, so there's no reason to get Deng in the lineup if he is still sore. Deng, who will become a free agent this summer, averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 40 games with the Cavaliers this season.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Deng missed Cleveland's game on Saturday versus Boston because of a sore back.
Impact: His status for the season finale versus Brooklyn on April 16 is unknown.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Irving scored 15 points (3-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT) in 31 minutes in the loss to the Celtics on Saturday.
Impact: Since exploding for 44 points in the overtime loss against the Bobcats last Saturday, Irving has averaged just 11.7 points on 10-of-33 (30.3 percent) from the field. He may be looking toward the offseason, when he can put this rough year behind him.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Deng (back) won't play Saturday against the Celtics, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Deng will miss his second straight game, and Alonzo Gee could start again at the three.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Deng (back) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Celtics, The News Herald reports.
Impact: At this point, it wouldn't surprise us if Deng is done for the season with the Cavs eliminated from playoff contention. After Saturday's game, the Cavs only have Wednesday's tilt against the Nets left on the schedule, so it may be best to look elsewhere for production in single-season leagues.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Karasev has been recalled from the D-League for Saturday's game, The News Herald reports.
Impact: Karasev has been back and forth between the Cavs and D-League all season, and when he's up at the NBA level, he rarely sees enough playing time to be of fantasy importance.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dellavedova is expected to be re-signed by Cleveland through 2015, Sportando reports.
Impact: Dellavedova was set to be a free agent after this season, but the team will lock up the Australian rookie to solidify some backcourt depth going forward. He's averaging 4.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists this season.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miles (ankle) is likely out for the rest of the season considering that his recovery process has faced multiple setbacks, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "I wouldn't be able to help my team unless they told me to just stand in the corner all the time and play four-on-five," he said.
Impact: Miles has logged just two minutes on the court since Feb. 19 against Orlando. If he somehow manages to get on the court during the Cavaliers' final two games, it's highly unlikely that he'll be able to amount significant production.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bennett will likely take part in summer league action in Las Vegas as well as spending time at Cavaliers' training, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Bennett has had a rough rookie season and has not played in 16 games because of a left patellar tendon strain. It is unclear whether the top pick of the 2013 draft will appear in either of the Cavaliers remaining two games.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jack scored 21 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT) with four rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes in the loss to the Bucks on Friday.
Impact: Jack had only averaged 7.0 points in his previous three games since Kyrie Irving returned from his biceps injury. He had an effective game against the Bucks' defense, but may drop back to single digits in the Cavs' next game against the Celtics on Saturday.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson scored 18 points (5-8 FG, 8-10 FT) with 10 rebounds in 35 minutes in the loss to Milwaukee on Friday.
Impact: Thompson's production has been highly inconsistent of late. He has averaged 12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in his last five games, but he has a four-point game and two games with less than five boards in that span. He has hit 87 percent of his free throws since the beginning of April.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gee started for Luol Deng (back) and provided nine points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT) with four rebounds in 23 minutes in the loss to the Bucks on Friday.
Impact: Gee, who started all 82 games for Cleveland in 2012-13, has seen limited minutes all season long. His fantasy value is very low because he is mainly a positional defender without much offense.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gee will start Friday at Milwaukee, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: With Luol Deng out due to a back injury, Gee will start in his place at small forward and should see extended minutes, as long as Deng remains out.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Deng (back) is out Friday in Milwaukee, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Deng will sit out, after straining his back over a week ago against the Magic. Alonzo Gee will start at small forward in his place.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Dellavedova had 14 points and a career-high 12 assists Wednesday in a win over Detroit.
Impact: The Cavs aren't going to make the playoffs, so he could see some added time in the final games of the season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Zeller scored 18 points (9-11 FG) with six boards and two blocks in 24 minutes in Wednesday's win over Detroit.
Impact: Zeller did the majority of his damage in the second half when the game was safely out of the Pistons' reach. He has scored a combined 12 points in his four previous games. This was likely just a one-game flare up for the second-year backup center.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hawes scored 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-3 3Pt) in just 19 minutes in the win over Detroit on Wednesday. He added eight rebounds and three assists.
Impact: Hawes was able to take a rest in the second half with the Cavaliers holding a nearly unassailable lead. He has hit 58.8 percent of his 3-pointers in his last five games and has averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in that span.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Deng had 13 points (6-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and seven assists in the win over Detroit on Wednesday. He played 25 minutes.
Impact: Deng has not hit a 3-pointer in his last five games and has only averaged 10.8 points on 40.7 percent from the field. With stats like those, he is borderline unplayable in standard-sized leagues. Perhaps Wednesday's nice performance will help him finish the season on an upswing.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dellavedova scored 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-6 3Pt) and had a career-high 12 assists in 31 minutes in the blowout win over the Pistons on Wednesday.
Impact: Dellavedova was able to run the offense in the second half as Cleveland surged out to a big lead by halftime. The undrafted rookie from St. Mary's has found a nice role off the Cavalier bench.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Irving provided just eight points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with five rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 23 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.
Impact: The Cavaliers forged a 32-point lead by halftime, so Irving was able to get plenty of rest in the second half. He was coming off a 44-point performance, but the third-year guard was able to contribute in other areas despite limited playing time. He should bounce back Friday at Milwaukee.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Waiters scored a team-high 22 points (9-18 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 0-1 FT) with eight assists in 31 minutes in the win over Detroit on Wednesday.
Impact: Waiters took the lead role for the Cavalier offense, which had one of its better games of the season (hitting 57 percent of their field goals). He equaled his season high in 3-pointers set on Nov. 27 against the Heat.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Karasev played seven scoreless (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) minutes with a rebound in the blowout win over the Pistons on Wednesday.
Impact: Playing opportunities for the 6-7 Russian have been few and far between. He has been shuttling back and forth between Cleveland and Canton of the D-League. Karasev is just 20 years old, so he could still have some upside.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bennett did not play for the 14th straight game because of a left patellar tendon strain, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Bennett started the season on the injured list and it looks like his disappointing rookie season will end at the same place. He will have the summer to get his body and mind in the right place for a comeback in his second season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miles (ankle) remains out of the lineup and without a timetable to return, NBA.com reports.
Impact: Miles has not played since Feb. 19 due to a severely sprained left ankle. He's participating in some physical activities and took part in the team's shootaround Wednesday, but at this point it seems rather unlikely he returns to the court before the end of the season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Karasev has been recalled from the Canton Charge of the D-League, the News-Herald reports.
Impact: Karasev spent only three days in the D-League before being recalled back to the Cavaliers, where he's spent the majority of the season. The Russian rookie has appeared in 21 games this season but has not seen double-digit minutes since Nov. 29.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Irving and Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon spent the past few days in a media spat, exchanging barbs across TV, Twitter and newspaper. Gordon, who led the NFL with yards receiving last season, fired the first verbal volley last week when he went on ESPN and discussed Irving's problems this season with teammate Dion Waiters. Irving then didn't waste any time in shooting back.
Impact: Irving said he has spoken to Gordon about the comments. "I just let him know that the whole situation kind of got blown out of proportion," Irving said. "There was no disrespect on my end to him or anything he does. I have the utmost respect for him."
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Karasev was assigned to the Cavs' D-League affiliate on Sunday.
Impact: Karasev has been behind Luol Deng and Dion Waiters for most of the season and has been dealing with tendinitis in his right knee for a couple weeks. The move will allow the rookie to see more minutes and work on his game for a chance to make the roster in 2014.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Irving scored a career-high 44 points Saturday in an overtime loss to Charlotte.
Impact: It's a substantial individual effort, but the Cavs are just 2-3 when Irving scores 40 or more.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Irving scored a career-high 44 points (16-31 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 7-8 FT) in a losing effort in overtime against the Bobcats on Saturday. He added seven rebounds, eight assists, and three steals in 43 minutes.
Impact: Irving was in just his third game back after missing nine with a biceps injury. He had only scored 30 combined points in his previous two games, but had his third 40-point game of the season (the Cavs are 1-2 in those games). Irving had not hit any 3-pointers in his previous two April games.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Irving feels he's being unfairly portrayed in the media and is adamant that he's only focused on winning.
Impact: One day after he went on Twitter to defend himself against a report that said he wants out of Cleveland, Irving met with reporters before Saturday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Irving said he's been frustrated by a "barrage" of negative reports "all season," saying it's "all nonsense to me."
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Waiters will remain a starter for the Cavaliers' final five tilts, beginning Saturday versus the Bobcats, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Since entering the starting five on Mar. 18 against the Heat, Waiters has averaged 22.5 points (on 46.1 percent shooting), 4.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 treys, and 0.9 steals in 39 minutes. Expect across-the-board production for the remainder of the season.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Deng (back) played 35 minutes and scored 13 points (4-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT) in the loss to Atlanta on Friday.
Impact: Deng was limited to 21 minutes Wednesday against the Magic but played his usual complement of minutes in the important game against the Hawks. He's struggled in his last five games, with just 12.6 points (on 39.3 percent from the field, including 1-of-12 on 3-pointers) and 4.2 rebounds nightly.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hawes provided 16 points (6-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, six steals, and four assists in the loss to the Hawks on Friday.
Impact: Hawes had one steal in his previous four games, so the thievery was an outlier. He's providing a lot of interesting numbers for Cleveland, including nine dimes in his last two games.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varejao (shoulder) returned from a one-game absence, providing nine points (3-8 FG, 3-4 FT) and five boards in 24 minutes in the loss to the Hawks on Friday.
Impact: Prior to the injury, Varejao had been rebounding well. It may take him a few games to get back into the flow of things, but his return once again diminished Tristan Thompson's production, which fell off (eight points and three boards).
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varejao (shoulder) will play Friday, the Cavaliers report.
Impact: Varejao strained his right shoulder Sunday against the Pacers but stated that he is ready to return to action against the Hawks Friday. WIth his return Spencer Hawes should see his minutes drop back down a bit to his normal workload.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Brown said that Deng should be fine to play Friday against the Hawks, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Deng sustained a strained back in Wednesday's contest with the Magic that limited him to only 21 minutes. The injury was not expected to cause him to miss any more time, and it looks like that will be the case. Expect Deng to start and put up numbers similar to the 14.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists that he has averaged since coming to Cleveland this season.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varejao (shoulder) will be a game-time decision to play Friday versus the Hawks, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Varejao sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder last weekend, causing him to miss Wednesday's game in Orlando. However, the Brazilian has since joined his team in Atlanta, so he's a candidate to play Friday against the Hawks or Saturday at Charlotte. Varejao's potential return figures to impact Spencer Hawes' minutes, although both players should continue to see significant playing time.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varejao (shoulder) is expected to join the Cavaliers in Atlanta on Friday, when he may be able to take the floor, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: On Sunday, Varejao suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, which may only keep him out of commission for one game. If he takes a seat again Friday, Spencer Hawes is apt to handle a workload in the range of 30-35 minutes.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Waiters scored 26 points in Wednesday's win over Orlando.
Impact: He's averaging 23.1 points in his last eight games, a 5-3 stretch for the Cavs.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Karasav scored four points (2-2 FG) in three minutes in the win over Orlando on Wednesday.
Impact: The rookie swingman had not played in a game since Mar. 4. The depth chart on Cleveland at wing is daunting, so Karasev likely won't see many minutes in the last few games of the season.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Deng sustained a strained back Wednesday against the Magic and will be re-evaluated Thursday, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
Impact: Deng was limited to just 21 minutes in the victory, scoring eight points (4-7 FG) to go with two assists and a pair of rebounds. Whether he'll miss extended time is up in the air at this point, and more information will surface following his evaluation Thursday.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hawes scored 20 points (7-16 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with eight rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes in the win over Orlando on Wednesday.
Impact: Hawes scored 20 points for the first time since Mar. 20. He started the game hot and cooled off in the second half, but his fantasy owners had to be happy after he averaged just 9.0 points in his previous six games.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson scored 20 points (6-10 FG, 8-8 FT) with 11 rebounds in 32 minutes in the win over the Magic on Wednesday.
Impact: Thompson has put together back-to-back double-doubles for the first time since late February. It is probably no coincidence that Anderson Varejao (shoulder) was out of the lineup. Thompson's free throw percentage has improved in each of the last four months.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jack had 13 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with four rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes off the bench in the win over Orlando on Wednesday.
Impact: Jack returned to the bench with Kyrie Irving (biceps) back on the court. He still played fantasy-worthy minutes and should not be dropped in deeper leagues. With Irving back, Jack won't get as many as assists, but may provide points and 3-pointers in the final games of the season.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Waiters provided 26 points (10-15 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT) with three assists in 34 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Magic.
Impact: Waiters remained in the starting lineup even with the return of Kyrie Irving (biceps). While his overall production may be down a bit as he slides over to the shooting guard slot, Waiters should continue to score well as the Cavaliers try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Irving (biceps) after missing eight games and played excellently in the win over Orlando on Wednesday. He provided 17 points (7-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, and eight assists in 28 minutes.
Impact: Irving slotted right into the starting lineup with Jarrett Jack heading back to the reserve unit. If he was dropped in leagues in which his owner thought he was out for the season, he should be snapped up.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jack will return to a bench role Wednesday with Kyrie Irving (biceps) making his return, Fox Sports Ohio reports.
Impact: Dion Waiters will join Irving in the starting backcourt, pushing Jack to the bench for the first time since Jan. 30. After struggling through the month of January (36.4% FG), Jack stepped up big in February, averaging 12.3 points, 5.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 48.7 percent from the field. By default, Jack's minutes will likely take a slight dip, though he should still see significant run as the Cavs make a late push for the playoffs.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Irving (bicep) will play and start on Wednesday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: The decision to play was up to Irving, and after looking great in practice, he will play and start on Wednesday. As he's in the starting lineup, he is a must start for fantasy owners, but there is a chance his minutes could be somewhat limited as he returns.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With the return of Kyrie Irving possibly happening Wednesday, coach Mike Brown may decide to leave Waiters in the starting lineup, The Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Waiters has started all eight games of Irving's absence and averaged 22 points and 5.1 assists in that time. Coach Mike Brown has said definitively that Irving will start when he returns, so that means either Waiters or Jarrett Jack will come off of the bench. At this point, it seems that Brown may be leaning toward leaving Waiters as a starter, and giving Jack the sixth man role.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Irving says that the decision to play Wednesday after missing eight games with a bicep injury is his to make, The News-Herald reports. He said, "(We'll) see what's the best decision for me and, ultimately, I'll be making that decision. If I'm ready to go, I see no reason to stop me."
Impact: It seems that Irving thinks he is able to play, so if the decision is his, it is likely that he will return to the Cavs' lineup Wednesday. There have been some whispers about a possible minutes limit being put on him, but coach Mike Brown has not confirmed or denied the idea. As long as Irving is in the Cavs' starting lineup, he is a must start for fantasy owners as well.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Irving practiced with his teammates for the first time in two weeks after being sidelined with a biceps injury.
Impact: Irving was able to take some contact during Tuesday's workout, his first since straining a biceps tendon on March 16 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Irving, who missed eight games with the injury, does not know if he'll play Wednesday night at Orlando.
Mon. Mar 31, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cavaliers have signed free-agent swingman Scotty Hopson for the remainder of the season, a move that will give them flexibility in summer free agency. The 6-foot-7 Hopson, who has spent the past three years playing overseas, will get the $2.5 million exception this season.
Impact: Hopson's deal includes a non-guaranteed team option for next season worth $1.44 million. Hopson played at Tennessee but was not drafted in the NBA. He was with Miami's summer league team last year.
Mon. Mar 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Irving has been cleared to return to practice after missing eight games with a biceps injury.
Impact: Irving strained his left biceps on March 16 against the Clippers. He can resume full contact immediately, but the Cavs said his status for important games this week at Orlando and Atlanta has not been determined. Cleveland is 4-4 since its leading scorer was injured. The Cavs, who enter the week just 2 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, will likely ease Irving back into the lineup.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: An MRI on Varejao's shoulder revealed a sprained AC joint.
Impact: The 6-foot-11 Varejao will not play Wednesday against the Magic and the team said his status beyond that will be updated later.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Thompson tallied 12 points and 16 rebounds in Cleveland's victory over Indiana on Sunday.
Impact: Thompson's double-double was his 32nd of the season, a new single-season personal best after finishing with 31 in 2012-13.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Waiters scored 19 in Sunday's upset of Indiana.
Impact: Waiters is averaging 19.3 points over his last 14 contests.