Cleveland Cavaliers
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Lamar Stevens
Cavs pick up '23-24 team option for Lamar Stevens
Fri, Jun 23, 2023, 9:38 AM
Shams Charania on Twitter
The Cavaliers have picked up Lamar Stevens' $1.9 million player option for the 2023-24 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The third-year man logged a career-best 18.1 minutes per game for Cleveland last season, starting 25 games. He's a solid role player for the Cavs in real life, but he doesn't do enough statistically to make him a viable fantasy option.
Caris LeVert
Caris LeVert finishes season with 17-point effort
Wed, Apr 26, 2023, 10:13 PM
Caris LeVert recorded a line of 17 points (6-of-13 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes in Wednesday's 106-95 loss to the Knicks.
Analysis: The Cavaliers were eliminated from the playoffs in five games, dropping two of their three home games in the series. LeVert had a good offensive game in Game 5, and he scored 14 or more in each of the final four games of the series. LeVert will be a free agent this summer, so his next destination will obviously impact his fantasy value. Cleveland is in need of 3-and-D wings who can consistently make shots playing off of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland, as evidenced by how their series with the Knicks went. LeVert is a two-guard, but his offensive ability may make him someone the Cavs look to retain. Isaac Okoro (10/1/2/2 with two 3-pointers) is under contract for next season, while the Cavs have a June 29 deadline to guarantee Cedi Osman's (6/1/1 with two 3-pointers) deal. This summer could be a season of transition for Cleveland at the small forward position.
Evan Mobley
Evan Mobley grabs nine rebounds in Game 5 defeat
Wed, Apr 26, 2023, 10:02 PM
Evan Mobley played 38 minutes in Wednesday's 106-95 loss to the Knicks, accumulating six points (2-of-6 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, four assists, and one blocked shot.
Analysis: Mobley's first playoff series didn't go as well as he or the Cavaliers anticipated. While he did a good job of defending Julius Randle, the second-year forward scored no more than 13 points (Game 2) in any game of the series. Along with frontcourt sidekick Jarrett Allen, Mobley was outplayed on the boards by Knicks bigs Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein. During the regular season, Allen was ranked just outside the top 50 in 9-cat, per-game value. That wasn't too far off from his Yahoo ADP (40), so this was a good fantasy season for Mobley. If he can boost the free throw percentage, Mobley will be an even more valuable fantasy asset in 2023-24.
Jarrett Allen
Jarrett Allen does little in Game 5 loss to Knicks
Wed, Apr 26, 2023, 9:57 PM
Jarrett Allen shot 2-of-6 from the field in Wednesday's 106-95 loss to the Knicks, scoring four points with four rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes.
Analysis: Wednesday's game was a fitting finale for Allen, who was thoroughly outplayed by New York's Mitchell Robinson. Despite having Allen and Evan Mobley in the starting frontcourt, the Cavaliers could not keep Robinson or Isaiah Hartenstein off of the offensive boards. In fact, Robinson had two fewer offensive rebounds (11) in Game 5 than Allen and Mobley's combined total rebounds (13). To say the least, this was a rough end to the season for Allen, who was a 3rd-round player in 9-cat formats during the regular season. He outperformed his Yahoo ADP (44), but this poor postseason showing should motivate Allen to do more in 2023-24.
Darius Garland
Darius Garland scores 21 in season finale Weds.
Wed, Apr 26, 2023, 9:47 PM
Darius Garland played 40 minutes in Wednesday's 106-95 loss to the Knicks, accounting for 21 points (7-of-13 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), two rebounds, four assists, and one 3-pointer.
Analysis: Garland had an inconsistent series for the Cavaliers, which they could not afford with the frontcourt being outplayed by the Knicks' bigs. He shot better than 50% from the field in Game 5 and surpassed the 20-point mark for the third time in the series, but Garland also racked up a game-high five turnovers before fouling out. This was a disappointing end to the 2022-23 campaign for DG, who was a top 50 player in 9-cat formats during the regular season. His Yahoo ADP of 30 wasn't too ambitious, but look for that number to be closer to 40 in the fall.
Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell finishes Game 5 loss with 28 PTS
Wed, Apr 26, 2023, 9:00 PM
Donovan Mitchell recorded a line of 28 points (11-of-26 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block, and three 3-pointers in 44 minutes in Wednesday's 106-95 loss to the Knicks.
Analysis: Mitchell's first season in Cleveland ended the same way that his last in Utah did: on the losing end of a playoff series against Jalen Brunson. That said, he was the one Cavaliers starter in attack mode throughout Wednesday's game. He scored 22 points or more in three of the five games in the series but only shot better than 50% from the field in one (Game 2, when he scored 17 in a win). Fantasy-wise, Mitchell's first season in Cleveland was highly successful, as he finished the season ranked 15th in 9-cat, per-game value. After entering the season with a Yahoo ADP of 25, Mitchell should be off the board by the middle of the second round in standard leagues next fall.
Caris LeVert
Caris LeVert puts up 14/9/2/1/1 line in Game 4
Sun, Apr 23, 2023, 3:37 PM
Caris LeVert posted a solid line on Sunday with 14 points (4-for-10 FGs), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers against the Knicks.
Analysis: LeVert got a second straight start with Isaac Okoro injured. He stepped up after Okoro went down in Game 2, scoring 24 points in 40 minutes. That earned him the starting job, but it wasn't as effective in Games 3 and 4, as they dropped both games. He should continue to start, and he has produced solid numbers, but it wasn't enough for them to steal a game in New York. They'll now head back to Cleveland on Wednesday, where they'll look to keep their season alive.
Darius Garland
Darius Garland bounces back with 23/10 performance
Sun, Apr 23, 2023, 3:33 PM
Darius Garland recorded a double-double in Game 4 with 23 points (9-for-16 FGs), two rebounds, 10 assists and two 3-pointers against New York on Sunday.
Analysis: Garland was awful in Game 3. He shot 4-for-21 and scored just 10 points, but he bounced back in Game 4 on Sunday. Unfortunately, the shooting struggles just transferred to Donovan Mitchell, so Cleveland wasn't able to get the win. Garland will have to play like this again on Wednesday if they want to avoid dropping a third straight game to lose the series at home. With their backs against the wall, we'll see who is able to step up.
Donovan Mitchell
Spider-Man struggles in New York, Cavs drop Game 4
Sun, Apr 23, 2023, 3:26 PM
Donovan Mitchell struggled on Sunday and finished with just 11 points (5-for-18 FGs), four rebounds, five assists, one steal and six turnovers in a 102-93 loss to New York in Game 4.
Analysis: Mitchell has been the focal point of Cleveland's offense all season, but he couldn't get any offense going in this game. He had one of his worst games of the season, and his struggles were the main reason that the Cavs weren't able to even the series. Fortunately for Cleveland, Mitchell was much better at home against the Knicks than he was on the road, even during the regular season. They'll look to extend the series on Wednesday back at home, where Mitchell will hopefully have a bounce back performance.
Darius Garland
Darius Garland scores 10 on 21 shots in blowout
Fri, Apr 21, 2023, 10:44 PM
Darius Garland shot 4-of-21 in Friday’s loss to New York, finishing the game with 10 points, two rebounds, three assists, four steals and a triple.
Analysis: Yikes. This one was just plain pathetic for Garland, though to be fair, his team struggled mightily from whistle to whistle. Cleveland shot a combined 38.8% from the floor, including a putrid 21.2% from beyond the arc, and the Cavs became the first team to score fewer than 80 points this season. This was arguably Garland’s worst game of the 2022-23 campaign, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Cleveland is now down 2-1 in the series and in desperate need of a win in Game 4.
Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell scores 22, Cavs get obliterated
Fri, Apr 21, 2023, 10:40 PM
Donovan Mitchell finished Friday’s loss with 22 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a pair of three-pointers.
Analysis: Mitchell shot 9-of-19 from the floor, so this wasn’t a dreadful shooting night overall, but he connected on just 2-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc. Spida has now totaled just 39 points over his last two outings after erupting for 38 in Game 1. He and his teammates will need to improve on the offensive end of the floor in Sunday’s Game 4 if they want to avoid facing a 3-1 series deficit.
Cedi Osman
Cedi Osman (ankle) good to go Friday vs. Knicks
Fri, Apr 21, 2023, 7:33 PM
NBA Injury Report
Cedi Osman (left ankle sprain) is available Friday against the Knicks.
Analysis: He could see minutes in the low 20's, but Osman hasn't done much with his minutes as of late, making him an unappealing DFS target.
Cedi Osman
Cedi Osman (ankle) questionable Friday
Thu, Apr 20, 2023, 5:28 PM
NBA Injury Report
Cedi Osman is questionable for Friday’s matchup with the Knicks due to a left ankle sprain.
Analysis: Osman went for five points and six boards across 23 minutes in the Cavs’ blowout Game 2 victory. He’s not a reliable option given his fluctuating minutes and inconsistent scoring.
Caris LeVert
Caris LeVert pops off for 24 points in blowout
Tue, Apr 18, 2023, 9:07 PM
Caris LeVert finished Tuesday’s win over New York with 24 points (9-of-16 FG), four rebounds, three assists and four triples across 39 minutes.
Analysis: Cleveland built a 59-39 halftime lead, and LeVert started the second half, tying for team lead in minutes played and finishing behind only Darius Garland in the scoring department. LeVert is a streaky shooter with an inconsistent role, but the man has never met a shot he didn’t like. When he’s given additional playing time, he’s going to score and hit triples, and that’s exactly what happened here. We wouldn’t expect Cleveland to obliterate New York on a nightly basis, so temper expectations for LeVert in Friday’s Game 3.
Darius Garland
Darius Garland drops 32 as Cavs roll Knicks
Tue, Apr 18, 2023, 9:07 PM
Darius Garland finished Tuesday’s win over New York with 32 points, seven assists, three rebounds and six triples.
Analysis: Garland attempted just 13 shots in the Game 1 loss, but he was more aggressive in this one, getting up 17 shots and getting to the charity stripe 11 times compared to three in the first game. The star point guard led all scorers and guided the Cavs to a monster Game 2 victory to even the series before heading to New York for Game 3 on Friday. He and Donovan Mitchell (17 points, 13 assists) combined for 49 points and 20 dimes as Cleveland blew out New York in epic fashion. Garland’s home/road splits weren’t outrageously different, though he performed better at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse this season. Of Garland’s eight 30-point games this season, only two came on the road.
Dylan Windler
Dylan Windler (foot) out again Tuesday vs. Knicks
Mon, Apr 17, 2023, 3:44 PM
NBA Injury Report
Dylan Windler is out for Tuesday's matchup with the Knicks due to a left foot sprain.
Analysis: Windler's continued absence won't make a noticeable impact on Cleveland's rotation, and there's no telling when he'll be available for a potential return.
Jarrett Allen
Jarrett Allen records 14/14/4 stat line vs. Knicks
Sat, Apr 15, 2023, 8:22 PM
Jarrett Allen shot 6-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line in Saturday's 101-97 loss to the Knicks, accounting for 14 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists in 42 minutes.
Analysis: Allen and Evan Mobley (8/11/2/1) combined to grab 25 of the Cavaliers' 38 rebounds on the night, but the Knicks were able to grab 17 offensive rebounds. Those extra opportunities, and the second-half mastery of Jalen Brunson, proved to be the difference in Game 1 of this series. Mobley shot 4-of-13 from the field, which hasn't been the norm for a player who made 55.4% of his attempts during the regular season. As for Allen, he recorded 24 double-doubles during the regular season and notched another in his playoff debut. He'll look to help the Cavaliers even the series Tuesday night.
Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell goes off for game-high 38 points
Sat, Apr 15, 2023, 8:12 PM
Donovan Mitchell finished Saturday's 101-97 loss to the Knicks with 38 points (14-of-30 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block, and six 3-pointers in 44 minutes.
Analysis: With Saturday's game being the first postseason game for many of his teammates, including Cleveland's other four starters, Mitchell was very assertive offensively. He scored a game-high 38 points, but it wasn't enough to help the Cavaliers defend their home court. While the Cavaliers didn't appear to have an answer for New York's Jalen Brunson, the same could be said for the Knicks regarding Mitchell. Look for him to have a few more big scoring nights in this series, with Game 2 scheduled for Tuesday night. Darius Garland took a back seat offensively, finishing with 17 points, one assist, four steals, one block, two 3-pointers, and five turnovers in 43 minutes.
Isaac Okoro
Isaac Okoro (knee) to start in Game 1 vs. Knicks
Sat, Apr 15, 2023, 3:58 PM
Chris Fedor on Twitter
Isaac Okoro (left knee soreness) will play and start against the Knicks in Game 1 of their first round matchup on Saturday.
Dylan Windler
Dylan Windler (foot) out Game 1 vs. New York
Fri, Apr 14, 2023, 4:46 PM
NBA Injury Report
Dylan Windler (sprained left foot) will miss Game 1 against the Knicks on Saturday.
Analysis: Windler has played a grand total of 10 NBA minutes this season. His continued absence won't impact Cleveland's postseason run.


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