Cavs Notes: Love, Smith, James, Williams, Lue

The Cavaliers are concerned with Kevin Love‘s sore left knee and will pursue a second opinion, according to a report from Joe Vardon of Love, who has been ruled out of Cleveland’s match-up with the Timberwolves on Tuesday, underwent an MRI on Sunday. Love missed a pair of games on January 30 and February 1 due to a back issue, but has otherwise produced well of late- averaging 21.4 points with 11.8 rebounds over his last five games.

“Always concerned when guys are going down,” coach Tyronn Lue said of Love’s ailment. “And we’re already limited as it is. Definitely concerned, but gotta see how he feels. Just, get evaluated tomorrow and see how he feels.”

More from Cleveland…

  • J.R. Smith could make an on-court return sooner than expected, according to Chris Haynes and Dave McMenamin of ESPN. While Smith is targeting a mid-March return to the lineup, his timeline could be expedited during the All-Star break. Even if Smith returns in three weeks, the 31-year-old will only have 16 games to prepare for the postseason.
  • A Cavs source told Dave McMenamin of ESPN that Derrick Williams has already done enough to earn a second 10-day contract. One of Williams’ biggest advocates has been LeBron James, who told Chris Fedor of that he’d like to see Williams stick with the team. “We hope that this is a long-term thing,” James said. “He’s 25-years old. It doesn’t seem like it because we’ve been hearing his name for so long. But he’s 25, he hasn’t even gotten to his potential, to his prime yet. So hopefully this group, this locker room, myself, my leadership — just want to see him grow every day, and it’s a good place for him.”
  • Chris Fedor of discussed Lue’s new lineup- LeBron James, Kyle Korver, Derrick Williams, Richard Jefferson, and Channing Frye. None of the players in this formation are under 6-foot-7, Fedor writes, while possessing athletic ability and above-average shooting. “Yeah, I did (like it),” Lue said. “And I got to figure out different ways to get LeBron the ball where we want to get it to when we’re running our other actions.” James echoed his coach’s sentiments. “It’s a fantastic lineup, so it worked well for us. We got up the floor, got stops, shared the ball, so it’s a pretty good lineup. It’s something that coach has in his back pocket if he wants to use it again.”
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6 thoughts on “Cavs Notes: Love, Smith, James, Williams, Lue

  1. Z-A

    So when are they bringing in an additional PG?

    • Connorsoxfan

      Whenever they want to. They just opened a roster spot by trading Anderson.

    • Pihc123

      Not sure the of us a big problem at this point. Felder is getting some minutes and that’s good. He’s fun to watch.

      If a person reads into the above line up where no one is under 6’7″, who needs a back up pg when he team has James?

      Although I’d like to see the kid from canton get some minutes if they haven’t already made a deal under the table for chalmers. Chalmers isn’t fully recovered yet. So we’ll see soon after the AS game.

      • The tricky part about them “needing” a point guard is that it would be mainly for the regular season with spot minutes during the playoffs. A point guard now would allow LeBron and Kyrie to get additional rest because those are honestly the only two playmakers on the Cavs. Come playoff time, the PG pickup might get a couple of minutes here and there but will most likely end up out of the rotation anyway.

  2. gmflores27

    Should get a rim protecting big man Bogut the perfect fit at this point

  3. lebroning

    The Cavs will never get Bogut because of the salary cap. And because Love is not 100% because of the sore knee.. We will see a new Eastern conference champions this year.


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