Cavs Notes: Williams, Jefferson, Smith, Shumpert

Having a healthy roster for the first time in more than a year is cutting into the playing time of some Cavaliers veterans, writes Jason Lloyd of The Akron Beacon-Journal. It’s a situation that Anderson Varejao has been dealing with all year. Now Mo Williams is joining him and Richard Jefferson could be in the same situation, Lloyd speculates. Williams signed with the Cavs over the summer to handle the point guard duties while Kyrie Irving recovered from a fractured kneecap. Now that Irving is healthy, Williams’ playing time has plummeted. He was held out of a game against the Suns last week, then played just five minutes against the Warriors and 10 against the Blazers. Lloyd writes that it’s obvious Williams has fallen to third on the point guard depth chart behind Irving and Matthew Dellavedova“Guys gotta understand and I’ve told them this, only so many guys can play,” said coach David Blatt. “That’s just the reality of the limitations of the game. Some guys may find themselves for no other reason other than that not playing many minutes or not playing at all.”

There’s more this morning out of Cleveland:

  • Some veterans on the team weren’t happy with Blatt’s decision to not play Jefferson in the Christmas Day game against Golden State, Lloyd writes in the same piece. The writer believes Blatt will have to eventually decide between Jefferson and J.R. Smith for a rotation spot. Smith is currently a starter, but Lloyd expects Iman Shumpert to take over his role when Irving’s minutes restriction is lifted.
  • Williams showed up at the locker room barely an hour before game time Saturday, then seemed to be a reluctant participant in cheering his teammates, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com. The writer sees the Cavs as primed for another run at the NBA Finals, but warns a counterproductive influence could help derail that.
  • Cleveland’s renewed defensive prowess has coincided with Shumpert’s return to the lineup, Lloyd writes in a separate story. Since Shumpert came back from a wrist injury three weeks ago, the Cavs lead the league in defensive field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage and are behind only the Spurs in points allowed per 100 possessions.

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Chris Crouse
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8 months 27 days ago

I could see the Cavs giving Smith a lessened role once everyone is healthy, but I wonder how that will impact the team’s chemistry.

sirgant
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sirgant
8 months 27 days ago

Smith is going to be a problem for Cleveland…

Hunter
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Hunter
8 months 27 days ago

Smith Won’t be the odd man out. Blatt loves his game too much. Mo Williams and possibly RJ will. RJ has been great and so has Mo, but Mo looks to score far too often, before getting into the offensive play and RJ may be a step slow this late in his career. Not sure though, RJ’s shot could change that. Cavs are super heavy at the guard position.

J Hill
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J Hill
8 months 27 days ago

Mo Williams has been a drain on defense. I don’t think that there is a guard in the league that can’t just blow right by him with nearly no resistance. Delly is better on D, has better size and gets other players involved way more. He truly has been a great surprise. I don’t think that anyone expected him to be so much better on offense. Andy, JR, RJ and Mo are all professionals. They all signed on to win a championship. As long as we keep winning all will be good.

ryan1017
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ryan1017
8 months 26 days ago

Jose Calderon couldn’t blow past Mo if Mo was laying on his back. The Knicks would gladly take him off the cavs hands lol

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