News: Varejao is expected to increase his workload to 15 minutes in the Cavaliers' next contest Wednesday in Phoenix, barring a setback, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Varejao "felt pretty good" following his return Saturday from an 11-game absence due to a sore lower back, but his recovery will continue to be monitored closely, which will ultimately determine his run Wednesday. Expect Spencer Hawes to garner the majority of the minutes at center in the meantime, with Tyler Zeller also chipping in down low.
Mon. Mar 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett is expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained left knee.
Impact: The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft, Bennett underwent an MRI on Sunday that showed an injury to his left patellar tendon. Bennett played eight minutes in Saturday's home loss to the New York Knicks.
News: Miles (ankle) expects to take the floor during the Cavaliers' upcoming three-game, West Coast swing, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: With nine absences in a row on the ledger, Miles should see some action in one of Cleveland's upcoming visits Wednesday in Phoenix, Friday at Golden State, or Sunday at the Clippers. An appearance would mark just his third since the All-Star break due to a sprained ankle.
News: Bennett has been diagnosed with a patellar strain in his left knee and will be sidelined for three weeks, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Bennett has been afflicted by knee soreness since late February, resulting in one game missed and a general reduction in minutes. Over the past seven outings, he has one DNP-CD on the ledger, while averaging a measly 4.3 points (on 43.5 percent shooting) and one rebound in 10.5 minutes. Considering the timetable, he'll likely remain out of the Cavaliers' lineup through March.
News: Irving missed Monday's practice due to an illness, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Irving has shot better than his shooting percentage on the season, 42.8, in six of the last seven games. During that span, he's averaging 24.6 points (on 45.9 percent shooting), 7.4 dimes, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 treys, and 2.1 steals in 39.4 minutes. Despite the elevated line, consider him questionable for the Cavaliers' next contest Wednesday in Phoenix.
News: The Cavaliers recalled Onuaku from Canton of the D-League on Monday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Onuaku was assigned to Canton on Saturday to get some playing time, and he responded by putting up 28 points and 17 rebounds Sunday. That performance could help convince the Cavaliers to keep him around for the rest of the current campaign.
Sun. Mar 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Irving finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in Saturday's 107-97 loss to New York.
Impact: Irving is averaging 25.0 points and 8.8 assists over his last four home games.
News: Irving posted 30 points (11-25 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 5-6 FT) with eight rebounds and eight assists in 43 minutes in the loss to New York on Saturday.
Impact: Irving bounced back from a quiet game in the loss to the Bobcats on Friday (13 points on 5-of-17 from the field). The loss caused the Cavs to fall into a tie with the Knicks, four games behind the Hawks for the final playoff spot in the East. Irving has never played in the playoffs.
News: Thompson provided just eight points (3-8 FG, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds in 37 minutes in the loss to New York on Saturday.
Impact: Thompson hasn't been playing well with just 7.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in his last three games. With Anderson Varejao (back) returning, Thompson may start to lose minutes as well in the near future.
News: Zeller only played four minutes in the loss to the Knicks on Friday. He didn't put up any relevant fantasy stats in Anderson Varejao's (back) return.
Impact: Zeller had played at least 15 minutes in his previous four games, but his fantasy value has dried up. There is little reason to hold onto Zeller even in the deepest leagues unless another injury befalls a Cavs big.
News: Jack scored 12 points (5-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with three assists and two steals in 39 minutes in the loss to the Knicks on Saturday.
Impact: Jack's disappointing season has continued, and he's averaging only 7.4 points and 4.2 assists in his last five games, despite playing 30 minutes. He hasn't hit a 3-pointer in his last five games (0-of-12).
News: Varejao (back) returned from a 11-game absence and played nine minutes in the loss to the Knicks on Saturday. He had four points (2-2 FG) and three boards.
Impact: Varejao's minutes should ramp up over the next few weeks, and he'll likely steal minutes from Spencer Hawes, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller, and Anthony Bennett.
News: Varejao (back) should make his return to the Cavaliers on Saturday against the Knicks, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.
Impact: Varejao hasn't played since Feb. 9. If he does make his return, his minutes will be limited.
News: Onuaku was assigned to Canton on Saturday, the Charge's Official Site reports.
Impact: Onuaku has bounced back-and-fourth between the NBA and the D-League, so this current transition comes as no surprise. He's currently under his second 10-day contract, and Cleveland wants to see him in action to decide whether or not he should be signed on for the rest of the season.
Sat. Mar 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Waiters was 8 of 18 of the field and scored 19 in Friday's loss to Charlotte.
Impact: It wasn't quite as impressive as his 11-for-18, 24-point performance on Tuesday against San Antonio in his first game since sitting out seven with a hyperextended left knee. However, it was still a solid performance that should be comforting for fantasy owners.
Sat. Mar 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Irving was held to 13 points on 5-of-17 shooting in Friday's loss to Charlotte.
Impact: Cleveland is 20-20 when Irving shoots at least 40.0 percent from the field, compared to 3-17 when he fails to hit that mark.
News: Deng tied Dion Waiters for team-high scoring honors with 19 points (8-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and six rebounds in 34 minutes in the loss to Charlotte on Friday.
Impact: Deng's production has been down precipitously since joining the Cavaliers. His 19 points were his most since Feb. 21 (a stretch of seven games) and he has not hit a 3-pointer in his last four games.
News: Irving was held to 13 points (5-17 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 3-6 FT) with six rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes in the loss to the Bobcats on Friday.
Impact: Irving had his lowest point total since Feb. 11. He had scored at least 21 points in his last five games and had hit a 3-pointer in 13 straight games.
News: Waiters scored 19 points (8-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with five rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes in the loss to Bobcats on Friday.
Impact: Waiters has looked good in the last two games after missing seven games with a hyperextended left knee. He has scored 43 points and knocked down half of his six 3-point attempts.
Thu. Mar 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varejao (back) didn't travel with the Cavaliers and will miss Friday's contest in Charlotte, the News-Herald reports.
Impact: The Cavaliers have a back-to-back set on tap Friday and Saturday, with the latter a home game versus the Knicks. Thus, coach Mike Brown's hope for a return could come to pass this weekend, if Varejao's sore back recovers enough with an additional day to recover. In any case, expect Spencer Hawes to man center Friday, with Tyler Zeller chipping in off the bench.
Thu. Mar 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varejao's (back) availability Friday in Charlotte and Saturday versus the Knicks remains unknown, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Coach Mike Brown is hoping that Varejao will be able to return to one (or both) of the outings, but his activity level in Friday's morning shootaround could forecast his ability to play. If his return is delayed once again, expect Spencer Hawes to handle the start at center for the Cavaliers.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varejao (back) is unsure if he'll be able to suit up for Friday's contest at Charlotte, the News-Herald reports.
Impact: A 12th absence in a row could soon come to pass, as Varejao's sore back continues to ail him. As a result, Spencer Hawes is in line to start at center once again, with Tyler Zeller eating up the remaining minutes down low.
Sergey Karasev - #10 - Shooting Guard - 6'7" - 196lbs
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Karasev was assigned to Canton of the NBA's D-League on Wednesday.
Impact: Since his last stint with the Charge, Karasev has played in three of the Cavaliers' eight contests, tossing up zeroes across the board in eight total minutes. However, in 13 games in the D-League, the 20-year-old rookie has recorded 13.2 points (on 45.3 percent shooting), 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, two treys, and 1.2 steals in 30.2 minutes per outing.
News: Waiters (knee) made his return Tuesday and had 24 points (11-18 FG, 2-3 3Pt) with one rebound, three assists and one block in 23 minutes off the bench.
Impact: He had missed the past seven games with a hyperextended left knee, but wasted no time getting plenty of shots up (18 attempts in 23 minutes). His 23 minutes were tops on the Cleveland bench, but that's not an ideal minutes total from a fantasy perspective, even though the production was there.
News: Waiters (knee) will return to action Tuesday, as expected, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: He's missed seven games with a hyperextended left knee, and should immediately factor into the Cavs' guard rotation, taking minutes from Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova.
News: Varejao (back) will not play Tuesday against the Spurs, The Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Varejao's spell on the sidelines will now be extended to 11 games. The big man has been attending practice recently, but apparently isn't ready for game action just yet. Varejao could stand a chance of playing Friday versus Charlotte, but it would be wise to monitor his status as the week unfolds.
News: Miles (ankle) will not play Tuesday against the Spurs, The News-Herald reports.
Impact: This will be the seventh straight contest that Miles will sit out because of a sprained ankle. He said last week that he hoped to be back by the Cavs' West Coast road trip that begins March 12 in Phoenix. Until then, Jarrett Jack and Dion Waiters will handle the shooting guard duties.
News: Onuaku will sign a second 10-day contract with the Cavs on Tuesday, The News-Herald reports.
Impact: Onuaku has played just one minute since joining Cleveland, but if he impresses during his second 10-day spell, the big man could be signed for the remainder of this season.
News: Hawes will likely remain in the starting five, even when Anderson Varejao (back) is available to return to the court, the News-Herald reports.
Impact: In six tilts since joining the Cavaliers, Hawes has been a steady source of production, averaging 13.8 points (on 44.6 percent shooting), 9.3 boards, 2.3 assists, two treys, and 1.3 swats in 32 minutes. His diverse lines should continue into Tuesday's tilt against the Spurs, for which Varejao has a slim chance of participating, and could in fact be sustainable.
News: Waiters (knee) expects to take the floor Tuesday versus the Spurs, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Waiters' seven-game hiatus in order to recover from a hyperextension of his left knee could soon come to an end. While Jarrett Jack will likely remain in the starting backcourt, Waiters should take on primary backup two-guard duties from Matthew Dellavedova, while potentially eating into Jack's workload.
News: Varejao's (back) odds of suiting up Tuesday against the Spurs are possible but unlikely, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Consequently, an 11th absence in a row seems to be the likely outcome, but coach Mike Brown wouldn't shut the door on Varejao returning Tuesday. If Varejao dons street clothes, Spencer Hawes should act as the starting center, while Tyler Zeller earns significant run as a reserve.
News: Waiters (knee) attended Monday's practice, the News-Herald reports.
Impact: Waiters has missed seven consecutive games due to a hyperextended left knee, but after taking part in morning shootaround prior to the Cavaliers' last home contest Friday, a return to action could occur as soon as Tuesday versus the Spurs. Another absence, though, would hand Jarrett Jack the start at two-guard, while Matthew Dellavedova receives moderate run off the bench.
News: Varejao (back) is in attendance at practice Monday, the News-Herald reports.
Impact: After 10 absences in a row due to a sore back, a return to the court could soon come to pass for Varejao. His activity level isn't known, though, which throws a wrench in the Cavaliers' lineup heading into Tuesday's matchup with the Spurs. If he remains on the pine, expect Spencer Hawes to garner the start at center once again, with Tyler Zeller handling plenty of minutes off the bench.
News: Deng was off again in a 110-96 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday night.
Impact: Deng was an All-Star with the Bulls but his Cavs tenure has been a chore to mesh with fellow former Duke star Kyrie Irving - possibly the most talented teammate Deng has ever had. Deng is shooting 36.2 percent and averaging 13.0 points in his last five games.
News: Irving was scintillating and sensational in a 110-96 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday night.
Impact: Irving led the Cavaliers with 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting one night after his first career triple-double.
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bennett (knee) scored four points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt) with two rebounds in nine minutes during his return from a one-game absence Saturday in the loss to Memphis.
Impact: Bennett missed Friday's game against Utah, and has been playing very limited minutes of late. In his last three games, he has not topped 12 minutes and has scored a combined 10 points.
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bennett (knee), who missed Friday's game, will be available for the Saturday contest against the Grizzlies, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Bennett had pockets of productivity in February. His minutes have been limited since the All-Star break, but he should be able to get into the game against Memphis.
News: Thompson had 18 points and 14 rebounds in Friday's win over Utah, marking his seventh double-double in nine games.
Impact: Thompson is averaging 15.0 points and 11.9 rebounds over his last nine contests. He had been averaging 11.8 and 9.3 previously on the season.
News: Irving recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in Friday's win over Utah.
Impact: Irving's triple-double was the first by a Cavalier since LeBron James' last with the team on March 16, 2010.
News: Varejao (back) will not travel to Memphis for Saturday's game, and he remains without a firm timetable on his return, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Varejao participated in Friday's morning shootaround, so he must be getting closer to a return. Unfortunately, the Cavs are being somewhat cagey about their injured players. The Cavs have been playing well without Varejao, so they may try to not give Varejao a lot of minutes when he returns so they can keep him healthy.
News: Jack said he has been dealing with a knee injury all season but that the time off over All-Star break has helped him some, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Jack appears locked in to the Cavs' starting shooting guard job, so if he can get healthy and improve his shooting from the field, he could become consistent enough to use more widely in fantasy.
News: Waiters (knee) will not travel to Memphis for Saturday's game, and he remains without a firm timetable on his return, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Waiters participated in Friday's morning shootaround, so he must be getting closer to a return. Unfortunately, the Cavs are being somewhat cagey about their injured players. The Cavs have been playing well without Waiters, so there may not be a lot of minutes readily available for Waiters when he is healthy enough to return.
News: Miles (ankle) will not travel to Memphis for Saturday's game and is expected to be out for another week or two, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Miles said he hoped to be back by (or before) the Cavs' West Cost road trip that starts on March 12. He's only of use in deep leagues when the Cavs are healthy, and with the team playing so well right now, there may not be a spot in the rotation for Miles when he is healthy enough to play.
Matthew Dellavedova - #8 - Point Guard - 6'4" - 190lbs
News: Dellavedova came off the bench to play 26 minutes and contribute nine points (4-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt) and five assists in the win over the Jazz on Saturday.
Impact: Dellavedova continues to play significant minutes off the Cavalier bench. He has only hit two of his last 14 3-point attempts. The rookie from Australia could be useful in very deep leagues for his assists and points.
News: Thompson had 18 points (9-13 FG) and 14 rebounds in the win over Utah on Friday. He played 33 minutes and did not commit a foul.
Impact: Thompson continues to play well while Anderson Varejao (back) is out. Over his last five games, he has averaged 13.2 points and 11.0 rebounds. Friday's game was his first foul-less game since Feb. 1.
News: Hawes had 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt) with 16 rebounds Friday in the win over Utah. He played 37 minutes and had a pair of blocks.
Impact: Hawes is taking advantage of playing with the Cavaliers without Anderson Varejao (back) and has hit seven of his last 12 3-pointers over his previous three games. His 16 boards equaled his season high. Varejao is nearing a return, but Hawes should continue to be played in the at least in the short term.
News: Irving submitted his first career triple-double - 21 points (7-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 10 rebounds, and 12 assists - as the Cavaliers beat the Jazz on Saturday. He played a team-high 39 minutes.
Impact: Irving has been distributing the ball very well. In his last three games, Irving has doled out 30 assists. He hasn't missed a free throw in his last four games as well. Irving's five turnovers against the Jazz were his most since Feb. 9.
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Miles remains out with a sprained left ankle.
Impact: Miles' status is not known.
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Bennett missed the Cavaliers' game against Utah on Friday night because of a sore right knee, adding to the team's long list of injuries.
Impact: Bennett, the top pick in the draft last year, is averaging 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.9 minutes a game. The team said Bennett will be a game-time decision Saturday night at Memphis.
News: Bennett will sit out Friday's game with knee soreness, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Bennett has had a reduced role since the Cavs acquired Spencer Hawes at the trade deadline, so his absence is probably only going to affect people who play in super deep leagues. He'll travel with the team for Saturday's game and will be a game-time decision against the Grizzlies.
News: Miles (ankle) will not play Friday against the Jazz, the Cavs' official website reports.
Impact: Miles has been shelved for Cleveland's past four games due to a sprained left ankle, but he participated in Friday morning's shootaround, which points toward Miles returning to game action shortly. As such, the lefty may be available Saturday versus the Grizzlies or Tuesday against the Spurs.
News: Waiters (knee) participated in Friday morning's shootaround, but will not play in Cleveland's evening contest against the Jazz, the Cavs' official website reports.
Impact: Waiters' hyperextended left knee will now cost him a sixth consecutive game. On the bright side, Waiters' involvement in shootaround indicates he'll be back playing very soon. That return could come possibly as early as Saturday versus Memphis or Tuesday against San Antonio, so the shooting guard's fantasy owners should watch this status closely in the coming days. Until Waiters reclaims spot in Cleveland's rotation, expect Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova to continue to play increased minutes.
News: Varejao, despite attending Friday morning's shootaround, will not play against Utah, the Cavs' official website reports.
Impact: Varejao will miss his ninth straight game Friday night, but he appears to be edging closer to a return after being plagued by a back injury since the beginning of February. The Brazilian stands a chance of playing Saturday versus Memphis or Tuesday against San Antonio, so Varejao's fantasy owners should monitor his progress over the weekend. Until he returns, expect Spencer Hawes and Tyler Zeller to see extended minutes up front for the Cavs.
News: Jack scored a season-high 21 points (6-14 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT) with four assists in the win over the Thunder on Wednesday. He played 39 minutes.
Impact: With Dion Waiters (knee) out, Jack was able to call his own number and take a few more shots. It was just the second time this season that he has scored at least 20 points, so it seems unlikely that he will continue to score in bunches.
News: Irving scored 31 points (10-19 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT) with nine assists and four steals in the win over the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Wednesday. He played 43 minutes.
Impact: Per his usual, Irving took over in the fourth quarter with 14 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Cavaliers rallied from seven points down to begin the quarter and snap a three-game losing streak. He had made just 3-of-16 on 3-pointers in his previous three games, so maybe he is in store for a hot streak from long range.
News: Hawes scored 19 points (8-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt) and grabbed seven boards in 32 minutes in the win over the Thunder on Wednesday.
Impact: Hawes' fantasy value has not taken the expected hit after moving to Cleveland and he has averaged 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in his last three games. It remains to be seen how much playing time he will received when Anderson Varejao (back) returns, but it also remains to be seen when Varejao will be back.
News: Varejao (back) did not travel with the team to Oklahoma City and will not play Wednesday, FoxSports Ohio reports.
Impact: This will be the eighth consecutive game Varejao will sit out. His next opportunity to return to the Cavs' lineup will be Friday at home against the Jazz. Expect Spencer Hawes and Tyler Zeller to get most of the minutes at center.
News: Waiters (knee) did not travel to Oklahoma City with the team and will not play Wednesday, FoxSports Ohio reports.
Impact: A hyperextended left knee will keep Waiters out of his fifth straight game. Jarret Jack and Matthew Dellavedova have seen a bump up in minutes in his absence
News: Miles (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Thunder, FoxSports Ohio reports.
Impact: Miles is still having problems with swelling in his sprained left ankle. His absence has given Jarret Jack and Matthew Dellavedova more minutes.
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Irving scored 25 and dished out nine assists in Tuesday's loss to Toronto.
Impact: Irving is slumping from 3-point range, going 1 for 5 on Tuesday and just 3 for 16 over his last three games.
News: Waiters (knee) will sit out Tuesday's game against the Raptors, FoxSports Ohio reports.
Impact: Waiters still does not have a timetable for his return to the Cavs lineup. In his absence, Matthew Dellavedova and Jarret Jack will get most of the minutes at shooting guard.
News: Varejao (back) will not play Tuesday against the Raptors, FoxSports Ohio reports.
Impact: This will be the seventh consecutive absence for Varejao, who still does not have a timetable for a return. Spencer Hawes will continue to play a majority of the minutes at center.
News: Zeller put up eight points, six boards and one assist in 24 minutes off the bench Tuesday.
Impact: He has returned to a reserve role now that Spencer Hawes has been placed in the starting lineup, so Zeller's minutes (and stats) will be unimpressive, especially when Anderson Varejao returns from injury.
News: Hawes had 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt), seven boards, one assist and one block in 32 minutes Tuesday.
Impact: This was his first game as a starter for the Cavs, and it was a success, as he showed off his impressive three-point stroke for a seven-footer. It's safe to plan on him sticking with the first unit for the foreseeable future, seeing 30-plus minutes per game.
News: Miles (ankle) is unlikely to make the trip for Wednesday's game, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: This would mean the soonest we'd expect to see him back would be Friday when the Cavs return home, but his fantasy value is pretty limited at this point, as Cleveland has added a lot of depth via trades.
News: Waiters (knee) is doubtful to travel to Oklahoma City for Wednesday's game, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: It sounds like the soonest he could play would be Friday when the Cavs return home, but even that might be a stretch. He can be dropped in standard and shallower leagues.
News: Varejao (back) is unlikely to make the trip for Wednesday's game, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Impact: The Cavs play Tuesday at home and then travel to Oklahoma City for Wednesday's game. It sounds like the soonest we could see Varejao will be Friday at home against the Jazz, at which point he could come off the bench as Spencer Hawes will join the starting lineup Tuesday.
News: Zeller will return to a bench role Tuesday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: This is really only a formality, as Zeller hadn't been receiving starter's minutes, despite starting games with the first unit. Newcomer Spencer Hawes will get the start, and should stay in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future.
News: Hawes will start at center for the Cavs on Tuesday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Hawes came off the bench in his first two games with Cleveland, but he was receiving starter's minutes, scoring 16 points with 12 boards in 32 minutes in Sunday's game, and will remain a great start in most formats.
News: Waiters (knee) doesn't have a timetable for a return, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Waiters was slated to miss a "couple games" after Sunday's, which puts him on course for a potential return Friday against the Jazz. In his absence, expect Jarrett Jack to receive continue nods at shooting guard, with Matthew Dellavedova taking on an increased workload.
News: Varejao (back) doesn't have a timetable for a return, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Discomfort in Varejao's back has sidelined him for six games in a row, with a seventh absence potentially on the docket Tuesday versus the Raptors. His continued absence will allow trade deadline addition Spencer Hawes starting nods at center.
News: Miles (ankle) isn't close to a return to the court, the News-Herald reports.
Impact: Although he handed over his crutches to team trainers Sunday, Miles is still reporting issues with swelling in his formerly sprained left ankle. His absence has allowed Jarrett Jack to handle a substantial workload, with Matthew Dellavedova playing a bit part in the wing rotation. The preceding will likely hold until Miles is able to return, which is unclear at this time.
News: Deng relayed that his Achilles injury is improving, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "I really feel I'm moving a lot better," he said. "I think my timing will come the more I spend in practice. But just running and moving, I feel a lot better than I did right before the All-Star break."
Impact: However, the improvement hasn't translated to putting the ball in the bucket. In four games since the break, he's averaged 17 points, but on a meager 38.2 percent (21-of-55) from the floor. On the other hand, his counting stats -- 6.3 rebounds, two assists, 1.3 steals, and one three-pointer per contest -- have been upheld. Thus, owners should expect his shooting touch to come around, as he experiences greater health.
Sat. Feb 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Irving struggled with his shot, finishing 3 of 16 with 17 points and nine assists as Cleveland's winning streak came to an end at six in Friday's loss at Toronto.
Impact: Irving had been shooting 46.3 percent during the winning streak, including 13 of 23 from 3-point range. He was 1 for 6 from deep on Friday.
Sat. Feb 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Deng recorded his eighth double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's loss at Toronto.
Impact: Deng is averaging 15.0 points on 41.5 percent shooting in 20 games since being acquired by Cleveland. He averaged 19.0 points on 45.2 percent shooting over 23 games with the Bulls.
News: Irving scored 22 points and the Cavaliers won their sixth straight game, 101-93 over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Impact: Irving continues to impress as the All-Star MVP.
News: Irving scored 14 points while playing only 24 minutes - his second fewest of the season - in Tuesday's blowout of Philadelphia.
Impact: With his team leading by a wide margin, coach Mike Brown was probably more inclined than usual to give Irving some rest after his MVP performance over 34 minutes in Sunday's All-Star Game.
News: Zeller scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in Tuesday's win over Philadelphia.
Impact: It marked just the second double-double of the season for Zeller, who continues to see more playing time of late with Anderson Varejao sidelined.