Cleveland Cavaliers Player News: All Positions

News: Windler (lower leg) estimated Friday that he's "probably 70 or 80 percent of the way there" with regards to his recovery from the season-ending surgery he required in January, Steve Layman of NewsChannel 5 Nashville reports.
Impact: The 26th overall pick in the 2019 draft, Windler is essentially taking a redshirt during his rookie season after sustaining a stress fracture in his left leg during training camp and then aggravating the injury while rehabbing in December before being sent in for surgery. The 6-foot-6 forward is apparently coming along well three months after the procedure, but the Cavaliers aren't counting on him playing in 2019-20 even if the suspended season doesn't resume until June or July. He should be back to full strength for fall camp ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, however.
News: Dellavedova accumulated eight points (3-3 FG, 2-2 3Pt), eight assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.
Impact: In his last game, Dellavedova played 45 minutes, and put up a solid double-double of 14 points and 11 assists. He started this game off a bit slow, failing to attempt a single shot in the first quarter, and finishing the game with eight points on just three field-goal attempts. However, he unsurprisingly salvaged his night in the assist column. Combining for 33 dimes over his last three outings, Delly remains a decent streaming option as long as Darius Garland (groin) is sidelined.
News: Sexton finished with 26 points (12-16 FG, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and one steal in 36 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.
Impact: While he may not have taken a single three-point attempt, Sexton came out hot in this one, scoring a game-high 26 points on an impressive 75 percent shooting. Over the last two months, Sexton has played at a top-60 level, producing per-game stats of 23.8 points, 3.9 assists, 2.3 triples and 1.0 steals, while shooting 49.0 percent from the field, and 86.4 percent from the line in that span prior to this gem. Both Darius Garland (groin) and Kevin Porter (concussion) have been sidelined over the last few games, giving Sexton some extra on-court opportunity, seeing his usage rate jump from 26.7 on the season to 32.0 over his previous three outings.
News: Nance finished with 16 points (6-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 32 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Tristan Thompson was out in this one after being poked in the eye in their last game, clearing the way for Nance to see a little extra run. He's played well lately, putting up per-game stats of 11.7 points, 8.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 triples, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field over the last two weeks of play. Those numbers are good for a spot inside the top 70 of nine-category leagues. The Cavaliers have struggled to maintain a fully healthy frontcourt since acquiring Andre Drummond (calf), and Nance has clearly benefited from that. Now that Drummond is back on the court, Thompson's eventual return will make this situaion murkier.
News: Love posted 17 points (5-16 FG, 2-13 3Pt, 5-5 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 37 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Over his previous three outings, Love has put up 22.3 points, 12.7 boards, 3.7 dimes and 3.7 triples in 38.1 minutes per game. Numbers like that are good for top 50 value in nine-category leagues. His shot wasn't falling in this one, going 2-of-13 from beyond the arc, but he did put his facilitating on display with seven assists in 37 minutes of play. The biggest concern for fantasy owners regarding Love is his potential availability down the stretch. He'll produce as long as he's on the court, but with the Cavaliers near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, concerns of potential rest days grow for a 31-year old veteran on a rebuilding team.
News: Drummond dropped 21 points (8-14 FG, 5-9 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bulls.
Impact: In his last game, Drummond returned from a three-game absence due to a calf issue, and dropped 28 points, 17 boards and three blocks, guiding the Cavaliers to a victory over the Spurs. This game, while not quite as dominant, was still a solid outing for the 26-year old, as he produced a full stat line against the Bulls' young frontcourt. Dealing with some sidelining since joining the Cavs, Drummond has tumbled down the rankings a bit recently, but, assuming he stays healthy and on the court, he should bounce back down the stretch - even in a potentially crowded frontcourt.
News: Garland (groin) won't play Tuesday against the Bulls, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Garland continues to deal with a strained left groin, and Tuesday will mark his fifth straight absence. Per Russo, coach J.B. Bickerstaff said at the Cavs' morning shootaround that he expects Garland to play at some point during the team's six-game road trip, so the rookie is apparently still being viewed as day-to-day. With Kevin Porter Jr. (concussion) also out, expect Collin Sexton and Matthew Dellavedova to again see extended minutes for the shorthanded Cavs.
News: Porter (concussion) will not play in Tuesday's tilt against the Bulls, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Porter has yet to clear the concussion protocol and will miss his third consecutive game as a result. His next chance to suit up will be Friday versus the Hornets.
News: Thompson (eye) won't play Tuesday against Chicago, Sam Amico of SI.com reports.
Impact: Thompson suffered the eye injury during Sunday's clash with the Spurs and was unable to return. Andre Drummond and Larry Nance could see an increased workload Tuesday with Thompson out of commission.
News: Dellavedova started and provided 14 points (3-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 11 assists, two rebounds and a steal across 45 minutes in Sunday's 132-129 overtime victory over the Spurs.
Impact: Dellavedova was one of four Cavaliers to record a double-double -- the first time that's happened for the franchise since 1990. Though Dellavedova has been off the fantasy radar for most of the season, he looks like one of the best streaming options out there for assists as long as Darius Garland (groin) is sidelined. Dellavedova dropped 25 dimes during the Cavs' weekend back-to-back set and has recorded at least nine assists in three of the past four games.
News: Drummond (calf) registered 28 points (11-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-11 FT), 17 boards, three blocks and an assist across 33 minutes Sunday in the Cavaliers' 132-129 overtime victory over the Spurs.
Impact: The monstrous double-double to go with the blocks was right on par with what Drummond was routinely offering as a member of the Pistons earlier this season. Though his calf didn't appear to be bothering him, Drummond didn't push past 30 minutes until the extra period, which isn't the most encouraging sign, given that top backup Tristan Thompson (eye) exited in the first half and didn't return. If Thompson is back in action for the Cavs' next game Tuesday in Chicago, Drummond could be looking at more of a split of the minutes at center. In his five games with the Cavs in which Thompson was fully healthy, Drummond averaged 12.8 points, 10.4 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 24.4 minutes.
News: Love finished with 14 points (3-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 18 rebounds and three assists across 40 minutes Sunday in the Cavaliers' 132-129 overtime win over the Spurs.
Impact: Love overcame an 0-for-8 start from the field to claim his 23rd double-double of the season, largely thanks to his typically dead-eye shooting from the charity stripe. Perhaps more significant than Love's statistical output was the fact that he played 40 minutes just one night after logging 37 minutes in Saturday's 104-102 win over the Nuggets. The Cavaliers have frequently held Love out for one half of back-to-back sets this season, so the team's decision to roll him out for big minutes in both games may imply more confidence in his health. Cleveland has another back-to-back set next weekend as part of a three-game week, so Love's fantasy managers will have to sweat it out again in the hope he suits up both Friday in Charlotte and Saturday in Atlanta.
News: Osman contributed 19 points (6-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six assists, four rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes Sunday in a 132-129 overtime win over the Spurs.
Impact: Osman paid dividends for those who kept him in lineups for both halves of the Cavs' weekend back-to-back set, as he amassed 39 points, nine treys, seven assists and four steals between the two games while hitting exactly half of his shots from the field. His season-long 44.2 percent mark from the field probably means his recent offensive production probably can't be relied on, and Osman might end up losing out on both minutes and shot attempts once rookie Kevin Porter (concussion) is eventually cleared to play again.
News: Sexton went for 26 points (8-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 9-11 FT) to go with four assists, one rebound and one steal across 39 minutes Sunday in a 132-129 overtime win over the Spurs.
Impact: Sexton's 11 free-throw attempts matched his season high, with the most crucial of his nine makes coming with three seconds remaining in regulation to briefly give the Cavs a two-point lead. The second-year guard has been on a nice offensive heater of late, pouring in 25 or more points in five of his last six outings while shooting 54 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range. As per usual, Sexton's numbers in the non-scoring categories have been somewhat lacking, so he'll continue to offer better fantasy utility in points leagues than rotisserie formats.
News: Nance provided 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and 10 rebounds in 43 minutes Sunday in the Cavaliers' 132-129 win over the Spurs.
Impact: The Cavaliers welcomed back one key piece of their frontcourt back from injury in Andre Drummond (calf), but Tristan Thompson's (eye) first-half exit coupled with the extra period opened up plenty of run for Nance as the team's third big man. Nance's path to a consistent 25-minute role may be more of a challenge if Drummond, Thompson and Kevin Love are all available for the Cavs' next game Tuesday in Chicago, but the 27-year-old still looks worthy of holding until his role begins to stabilize a bit. Nance may be helped if the Cavs are willing to deploy him more frequently at small forward -- something that new coach J.B. Bickerstaff has seemingly been more receptive to than former bench boss John Beilein was.
News: Thompson will not return to Sunday night's game due to a right eye injury, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Impact: Thompson suffered the injury during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Spurs, and he exited the game after playing eight minutes and posting two points and three rebounds. Consider Thompson day-to-day as Tuesday's game in Chicago -- the start of a six-game road trip -- approaches.
News: Drummond (calf) will play Sunday against San Antonio, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Drummond missed the last three games, but he'll be back in action Sunday and could return to the starting five. Drummond has taken on a slightly lesser role since coming to Cleveland, with his minutes typically settling in the mid-20s.
News: McKinnie (heel) played 20 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 104-102 loss to the Nuggets, finishing with eight points (4-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds and one steal.
Impact: McKinnie played for the first time in the second half after he had been sidelined since the Cavaliers' final game before the All-Star break while contending with plantar fasciitis. It's worth noting that the Cavaliers were without six players due to injury for the contest, so McKinnie could fade into a smaller role once the likes of Andre Drummond (calf), Darius Garland (groin) and Kevin Porter (concussion) are all back in action.
News: Wade (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: Wade was sidelined for the front end of the back-to-back set Saturday versus Denver, but given that the Cavaliers only lost that game by two points, there's a good chance the rookie wouldn't have seen the court anyway. He hasn't been a consistent rotation option for the Cavaliers at any point this season, so Wade's potential absence Sunday shouldn't impact how coach J.B. Bickerstaff elects to dole out the minutes in the frontcourt.
News: Wade (ankle) doesn't appear on the Cavaliers' injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Spurs, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wade was listed as questionable with a sprained right ankle and ultimately didn't play in Saturday's 104-102 loss to the Nuggets, as coach J.B. Bickerstaff stuck with an eight-man rotation in the tight affair. The likely returns of Wade and Andre Drummond (calf) should provide Cleveland with some more reinforcement in the frontcourt Sunday, but the two-way rookie may not see the floor outside of garbage time. Drummond, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance should fill all the minutes at power forward or center while the game is competitive.
News: Garland (groin) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Spurs, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Garland hasn't been able to resume practice since straining his groin a little over a week ago, so his absence for the second half of a back-to-back set comes as little surprise. The rookie will likely need to put in an on-court workout Monday or during morning shootaround the following day to have a shot at playing in the Cavs' next game Tuesday in Chicago. Matthew Dellavedova should pick up elevated minutes for the duration of Garland's absence.
News: Porter (concussion) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Spurs, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Porter's absence for a second straight game comes as little surprise after he was ruled out indefinitely upon picking up a concussion in his last appearance Wednesday against the Celtics. The rookie will need to clear each phase of the protocol for head injuries before the Cavaliers deem him available for action. Unless he's able to get in some on-court work Monday, Porter seems likely to sit out Tuesday's game in Chicago, too, and perhaps additional contests to follow.
News: Drummond (calf) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Spurs, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Drummond has been sidelined the past three games with a strained left calf, but his probable listing for Sunday implies that he may have been a candidate to play in Saturday's 104-102 loss to the Nuggets had it not been the front end of a back-to-back set. The 26-year-old should reclaim his usual spot on the top unit Sunday, but he may be in store for a split of the minutes at center with Tristan Thompson.
News: Dellavedova finished with seven points (3-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), 14 assists, six rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes during Saturday's 104-102 victory over Denver.
Impact: Dellavedova assumed the role of chief facilitator, handing out a career-high 14 assists. He has played at least 29 minutes in three straight games, assuming a more meaningful role with both Darius Garland (groin) and Kevin Porter (concussion) on the sidelines. As long as they stick in their street clothes, Dellavedova should be considered as a nice streaming option.
News: Osman gathered 20 points (7-12 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, two steals and one assist in 38 minutes during Saturday's 104-102 victory over Denver.
Impact: Osman had failed to reach 20 points in each of his previous 21 games. This should tell you enough about his fantasy appeal, something that is limited to deeper formats at this point. With that being said, his playing time has been up over the past three games. Should that continue, he may have limited streaming value across 12-team formats.
News: Thompson (knee) managed nine points (4-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-4 FT), 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 38 minutes during Saturday's 104-102 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Thompson returned after missing the last three games due to a minor knee concern. With Andre Drummond (calf) on the sidelines, Thompson slotted straight into the starting lineup where he had an immediate impact. His value has been on the decline since Drummond arrived, although he is still someone to consider in standard formats, at least until Drummond is back on deck.
News: Love totaled 27 points (9-17 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes during Saturday's 104-102 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Love scored at least 20 points for the fourth straight game, a span in which he has also connected on 17 triples. He has been putting up third-round value over the past two weeks, a welcome sight for those that took a risk on him during the draft period. There is a decent chance he misses Sunday's game based on what we have seen thus far. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers also have a back-to-back next week meaning he may only play two games during what will be the fantasy playoffs for a lot of people.
News: Nance will come off the bench Saturday against the Nuggets, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: With Tristan Thompson (knee) back in the starting five, Nance will come off the bench. Across Nance's past five games as a reserve, he's averaged 9.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 26.2 minutes.
News: McKinnie (heel) is expected to play Saturday against the Nuggets, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: McKinnie had been absent for the last eight games due to plantar fasciitis. He's averaged a modest 14.4 minutes this season, and it's unclear how much he'll be asked to do in his first game back.
News: Thompson (knee) is expected to return Saturday against the Nuggets, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: A knee bruise has kept Thompson out of action for the Cavaliers' last three games. With Andre Drummond (calf) set to miss Saturday's contest, Thompson should be in line for a significant role at center, provided his knee can handle one.
News: Drummond (calf) is out Saturday against the Nuggets, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: Drummond will miss his third game in a row while dealing with a strained left calf. However, the Cavaliers will at least be getting Tristan Thompson (knee) and Alfonzo McKinnie (plantar fasciitis) back for Saturday's action.
News: Wade is questionable for Saturday's contest against the Nuggets due to a sprained right ankle.
Impact: Wade saw a season-high 16 minutes during Wednesday's loss, but he picked up an injury in the process. More information on his condition may emerge following Saturday's morning shootaround.
News: Garland (groin) won't play Saturday against the Nuggets.
Impact: As expected, Garland needs some more time to recover from his strained left groin. In his absence, Matthew Dellavedova should continue to see significant run.
News: McKinnie (heel) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Nuggets.
Impact: Plantar Fasciitis has prevented McKinnie from playing post-All-Star-break, but there's a chance he could return Saturday. More information may arrive following the Cavaliers' morning shootaround.
News: Thompson (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Nuggets.
Impact: A bruised left knee has kept Thompson on the shelf over the past three games, though he was able to practice Friday and could return Saturday. More information may arrive following the Cavaliers' morning shootaround.
News: Drummond (calf) is questionable for Saturday's contest against the Nuggets.
Impact: A strained left calf has kept Drummond out over the past two days, though he may be able to make a return Saturday. More information could arrive following the Cavaliers' morning shootaround.
News: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Friday that Garland (groin) isn't expected to play Saturday versus the Nuggets or Sunday against the Spurs, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The rookie first-round pick didn't practice Friday but was able to go through an individual workout. Garland missed the last two games with the left groin strain and it appears his absence will stretch to at least four contests.
News: Thompson (knee) was a full practice participant Friday, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: Thompson has been sidelined the last three games with a left knee but seems to be nearing a return to game action. The 28-year-old should still be considered questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Nuggets until the official injury report is released.
News: Drummond (calf) was a full practice participant Friday, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: The 26-year-old has missed the last two games with a left calf strain but appears to be trending toward his return. Drummond should still be considered questionable for Saturday's matchup with Denver until the team provides an official injury designation.
News: Porter has been placed in the league's concussion protocol and is out indefinitely, Sam Amico of SI.com reports.
Impact: Porter suffered the concussion after playing 10 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Celtics. It comes at an unfortunate time for Porter, who had strung together a nice stretch of games. In the 14 contests prior to Wednesday, he was averaging 14.2 points on 11.4 shots, plus 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steal in 28.2 minutes. That stretch also included one 30-point, eight-assist, three-assist, three steal effort against the Heat. While Porter is on the shelf, the short-handed Cavaliers may have to get creative to fill 48 minutes per position. The recently-signed Sir'Dominic Pointer could see significant run.
News: Osman recorded 13 points (3-14 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 4-4 Ft), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 42 minutes in Wednesday's 112-106 loss to the Celtics.
Impact: Osman started and logged a season-high 42 minutes in the loss with Andre Drummond (calf), Tristan Thompson (knee) and Darius Garland (groin) all out. Additionally, rookie Kevin Porter Jr. (head) was forced to leave this contest early. Osman had an ugly shooting night (21.4 percent), but it's hard to ignore this type of playing time. If three or more of these injured players are forced to miss Saturday's matchup with the Nuggets, Osman will be a solid daily-fantasy option based off sheer volume.
News: Sexton amassed 41 points (17-30 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists, three rebounds and one steal in 44 minutes in Wednesday's 112-106 loss to the Celtics.
Impact: With Andre Drummond (calf), Tristan Thompson (knee) and Darius Garland (groin) all inactive, Sexton posted a new career high in the loss to the Celtics. Rookie Kevin Porter (head) was also forced to leave this game early, pushing Sexton to a season-high 44 minutes of work and a new career-high 30 shots from the field. It is unclear if any of these injured players will be available for Saturday's matchup versus the Nuggets, but if either Garland or Porter are forced to sit, expect a heavy dose of Sexton once again.
News: Nance collected 19 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 15 rebounds, four assists and four steals in 39 minutes in Wednesday's 112-106 loss to the Celtics.
Impact: Nance started at center with both Andre Drummond (calf) and Tristan Thompson (knee) out, and this was his first double-double in three games. The Celtics are a tough matchup for opposing big men this season and if both of these centers continue to sit, Nance will be a rock-solid option for both daily and season-long formats.
News: Love recorded 26 points (9-17 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 14 rebounds, five assists and one block across 37 minutes in Wednesday's 112-106 loss to the Celtics.
Impact: With Tristan Thompson (knee) and Andre Drummond (calf) both out, Love generated his best scoring output in eight games. This was his 22nd double-double of the season and his best rebound effort in 19 contests. Love is always a must-start, but if either Thompson or Drummond miss Saturday's tilt versus the Nuggets, the 31-year-old could gain some extra usage and become a more appealing option for daily-fantasy formats.
News: Porter suffered a head injury and is doubtful to return to Saturday's game against Boston, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Porter left during the second quarter of Wednesday's game after suffering an unspecified head injury. As the specifics of the issue are largely unclear, look for the team to provide a more detailed update on Porter's health status ahead of Saturday's tilt with the Nuggets.
News: Porter will come off the bench for Wednesday's tilt with Boston, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Porter was a late scratch from the starting lineup, being replaced by Matthew Dellavedova. The move's unlikely to affect his workload as the rookie guard's been one of the bright spots on the Cavaliers over the recent weeks and has tallied double-digit scoring performances in 10 of his past 12 games.
News: Dellavedova will start Wednesday's tilt with Boston, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: Dellavedova, who was a late addition to the starting lineup, will replace Kevin Porter in the first unit. On the year, the veteran guard's averaging 2.8 points, 2.7 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per contest.
News: Thompson (knee) will not play Wednesday against the Celtics, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: Thompson is still recovering from a bruised left knee and will miss a third straight game as a result. With both Thompson and Andre Drummond (calf) unavailable, Larry Nance will once again start alongside Kevin Love.
News: McKinnie (heel) is out for Wednesday's matchup against the Celtics, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Plantar Fasciitis will continue to keep McKinnie sidelined, and he'll miss his eighth game in a row. His next opportunity to take the court arrives Saturday against the Nuggets.
News: Thompson (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's action against the Celtics, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A left knee bruise has prevented Thompson from playing in the Cavaliers' past two games, but he may be able to return to play Boston. More information could arrive following Cleveland's morning shootaround. With Andre Drummond (calf) already ruled out, Thompson could see 30-plus minutes if he's cleared.
News: Drummond (calf) is out for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: The 26-year-old will now miss his second straight game due to a left calf strain. Drummond's next chance to return will be Saturday against the Nuggets. Tristan Thompson (knee) or Larry Nance will likely get a start depending on the former's status on Wednesday.
News: Garland (groin) will not play Wednesday against the Celtics, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A strained left groin will keep Garland on the shelf for the second straight game. In his absence, Kevin Porter may draw another start at shooting guard, while Matthew Dellavedova could see more run.
News: Osman posted 14 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 39 minutes during Monday's 126-113 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: With Darius Garland, Tristan Thompson and Andre Drummond all sidelined, Osman was given one of his biggest workloads of the season. He played well, scoring in double-digits for the first time since Feb. 22. Still, it's been an underwhelming season for the 24-year-old forward, who has followed up signing a four-year, $30.8 million extension by averaging 10.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
News: Dellavedova posted five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), nine assists, two rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes during Monday's 126-113 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Dellavedova tied his season-high nine assists Monday, but it wasn't enough for the Cavaliers to get the victory. He's seen a more stable role in the rotation lately, garnering 22.8 minutes per contest over the past four and averaging 7.0 points, 4.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 threes. Monday's performance was partially fueled by the absence of Darius Garland (groin). Still, it seems like Dellavedova may have a big enough role moving forward to have fantasy relevance in deep leagues, especially if he can keep up his passing.
News: Nance scored 16 points (7-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt) while adding eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 39 minutes during Monday's 126-113 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Getting another start with both Andre Drummond (calf) and Tristan Thompson (knee) in street clothes, Nance set a new season high in assists en route to a very productive night. The 27-year-old is averaging 14.3 points, 9.7 boards, 4.7 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.7 steals over his last three starts, making him a strong DFS option any time he finds himself in the larger role.
News: Love scored 22 points (7-15 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding nine rebounds, two assists and a steal in 32 minutes during Monday's 126-113 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Forced to fill in at center with Andre Drummond (calf) and Tristan Thompson (knee) both sidelined, Love wasn't able to slow Rudy Gobert down much, but he did at least manage to tie his season high in made three-pointers. Since missing a game in late February due to a sore Achilles, Love has averaged 16.4 points, 10.2 boards, 4.2 assists and 2.4 threes over the last five contests.
News: Sexton scored a career-high 32 points (11-17 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT) while adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 39 minutes during Monday's 126-113 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: With the Cleveland roster effectively down to seven rotation players due to multiple injuries, Sexton stepped up and did his best to keep his squad in the game. The second-year guard has been remarkably consistent for the Cavs, scoring in double digits in 32 straight games. Since the beginning of February he's averaging an impressive 22.8 points, 4.0 assists, 2.7 threes, 2.5 boards and 1.1 steals.
News: Porter is starting Monday against the Jazz, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: Porter will get the spot start Monday with Darius Garland (groin) sidelined. In a pair of previous starts this season, Porter posted averages of 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 25.0 minutes.
News: Nance is starting at power forward Monday against the Jazz, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports.
Impact: With both Andre Drummond (calf) and Tristan Thompson (knee) unavailable, Nance will join the starting five Monday. He's started eight games this season, posting averages of 13.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.6 minutes during those contests.
News: Drummond (calf) will not play Monday against the Jazz, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: As expected, Drummond will miss Monday's game after aggravating the calf injury that forced him to miss a pair of games at the end of February. With both Drummond and Tristan Thompson (knee) unavailable, Kevin Love and Larry Nance will start at center and power forward, respectively.
News: Drummond is listed as doubtful for Monday's tilt with the Jazz due to a calf concern, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Drummond was able to play 36 minutes in Saturday's win over Indiana, but it appears that he aggravated the calf injury that kept him out of the prior two games. If Drummond's ultimately held out, look for Larry Nance to enter the starting lineup, considering that the usual backup center, Tristan Thompson (knee) has been ruled out.
News: McKinnie (heel) is listed as out for Monday's game against Utah, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: McKinnie continues to battle a plantar fascia issue in his left heel, and he'll miss a seventh consecutive game Monday night.
News: Garland is listed as out for Monday's game against Utah due to a left groin strain, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Garland apparently picked up the injury during Saturday's loss to Indiana, in which he played 30 minutes and finished with 10 points and five assists. The rookie has started all but one game this season, with his only absence coming on Jan. 28 versus New Orleans.
News: Thompson (knee) is listed as out for Monday's game against Utah.
Impact: Thompson will miss a second straight game as he battled a bruised left knee. Andre Drummond and Larry Nance should handle most of the minutes at center in his absence.
News: Sexton notched 16 points (7-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists and three rebounds in 37 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 loss to the Pacers.
Impact: Most of Sexton's value has been tied to what he can do scoring the rock, but he has improved on his versatility over the last few weeks and has made strides as a playmaker of late. He has averaged 4.1 assists per game in 11 February contests to go along with 21.9 points while shooting an impressive 48.3 percent from three-point range.
News: Drummond (calf) went for 27 points (12-21 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block in 36 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 loss to the Pacers.
Impact: After missing the last two games with a calf concern, Drummond slotted back into the starting five and turned in his best outing since being acquired by the Cavaliers on Feb. 6. The center offered the typical scoring, rebounding and defensive-stats production fantasy managers had benefited from while he was a member of the Pistons, but it's somewhat difficult to bank on Drummond replicating these lines with regularity. Prior to Saturday, Drummond had been essentially splitting minutes at center with former starter Tristan Thompson, who wasn't available against Indiana due to a knee issue. Unless Thompson's injury proves to be a long-term concern, Drummond may struggle to reach the 30-minute mark moving forward.
News: Love posted 20 points (6-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 37 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 loss to the Pacers.
Impact: Love notched his second double-double in his last four games, and he has dished out at least four assists three times during that stretch. Love is averaging 15.0 points and 10.5 rebounds during that four-game period and has been one of Cleveland's most productive players all season long even if he hasn't posted the same numbers he had in the LeBron James era.
News: Drummond (calf) will play Saturday against the Pacers, James Rapien of 92.3 The Fan reports.
Impact: After missing two games with a calf strain, Drummond is feeling healthy enough to play. With Tristan Thompson (knee) sidelined, Drummond could see extra minutes. Over the past four games, he's averaging 11.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal in 23.3 minutes.
News: McKinnie (heel) will miss Saturday's tilt with Indiana, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Saturday's absence will mark a sixth consecutive missed game for McKinnie, who continues to battle plantar fasciitis in his left foot. As he's without a definitive timeline, he can continue to be considered day-to-day going forward.
News: Thompson will not play in Saturday's game against the Pacers due to a left knee contusion, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Thompson presumably picked up the injury in Friday's 116-104 loss to the Pelicans. His absence figures to open up some extra run for Larry Nance. The big man's next chance to suit up will be Monday against the Jazz.
News: Drummon (calf) is considered probable for Saturday's tilt with Indiana, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Drummond appears to be nearing a return from a two-game absence due to a strained left calf. The team should provide a further update on his availability prior to tipoff.
News: Love amassed 10 points (4-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes during Friday's 116-104 loss to New Orleans.
Impact: Love scored just 10 points in what was an underwhelming performance. Despite the absence of Andre Drummond (calf), Love failed to capitalize on what could have been a productive evening. He is likely to miss a few games down the stretch which does limit his upside. However, he appears relatively healthy and should still be able to return mid-round value on a per-game basis the rest of the way.
News: Porter ended with 16 points (7-19 FG, 2-8 3Pt), five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 31 minutes during Friday's 116-104 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Porter continues to figure things out during what has been an interesting rookie season. He was second on the team in shot attempts, recording 19 during his 31 minutes. After a couple of games where he saw limited playing time, he appears to have worked his way back into the good books of late. If you can live with a few inconsistent performances, Porter is worth a look in 12-team leagues.
News: Sexton tallied 31 points (11-20 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes during Friday's 116-104 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Sexton matched his career-high with 31 points but could not help the Cavaliers avoid the loss to a resurgent Pelicans outfit. He is putting together a nice season despite the teams' struggles, currently flirting with top-100 numbers in standard formats. The Scoring is obviously his trademark; however, he is quietly adding one steal per game.
News: McKinnie (heel) has been ruled out for Friday's game against New Orleans.
Impact: McKinnie is set to miss his fifth straight matchup due to plantar fasciitis in his left heel. His next chance to return will come Saturday against Indiana.
News: Drummond (calf) has been ruled out for Friday's game against New Orleans, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Drummond is set to miss his second straight contest due to a left calf strain. Tristan Thompson should draw another start at center in Drummond's place.
News: Nance notched 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt), 15 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 108-94 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Nance was one of five Cavaliers to earn at least 30 minutes, while Andre Drummond (calf) was held out of this one. Nance, like Tristan Thompson, has somewhat surprisingly been able to remain useful despite the midseason trade for Drummond. If Drummond sits out Friday's tilt against the Pelicans, Nance could be in line for another 30-plus minutes.
News: Thompson amassed 14 points (7-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 108-94 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Thompson drew the start in place of Andre Drummond (calf) and has managed to stay relevant despite the midseason trade. It's unclear whether Drummond will remain sidelined for Friday's matchup versus the Pelicans, but, if so, Thompson should be expected to start at center once again.
News: Sexton provided 28 points (9-16 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 8-9 FT), two assists, two steals and one rebound in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 108-94 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Sexton had another stellar night from a scoring perspective and also made a solid contribution in the steals column. He has been much better over the last two months than he was through October, November and December, and the sophomore guard really seems to be hitting his stride.
News: Dellavedova had 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt), two assists, one rebound and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 108-94 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Dellavedova was perfect from the field after having been held scoreless through his first five February appearances. This is just the third time through 50 games this season Dellavedova has reached double figures in scoring, and he can be avoided in most fantasy formats.
News: Exum (ankle) is expected to miss an "extended period of time," per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Impact: The oft-injured guard suffered this latest ailment Monday against Miami, leaving the game in the first half with what now looks to be a fairly severe sprained left ankle. Exum already missed extensive time earlier in the season with a knee issue, and he's dealt with several serious injuries through his first five NBA seasons. The No. 5 overall pick in 2014 has been limited to just 91 total games since the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
News: Thompson will start Wednesday's game against the 76ers, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Impact: With Andre Drummond (calf) sidelined, Thompson will make his first start since Feb. 1. In nine starts at home since the New Year, he's averaging 6.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 28.2 minutes.
News: Drummond (calf) will not play Wednesday against the 76ers.
Impact: Drummond is nursing a strained left calf and will miss at least Wednesday's game against Philadelphia as a result. In his absence, the Cavaliers will likely lean more heavily on a combination of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance. Drummond's next chance to play will come Friday in New Orleans.
News: McKinnie (heel) has been ruled out of Wednesday's contest against the 76ers, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: McKinnie's absence on Wednesday will mark the fourth consecutive game he is forced to miss due to plantar fasciitis. His next opportunity to return will come on Friday against the Pelicans.
News: Exum (ankle) won't play in Wednesday's contest against Philadelphia, Sam Amico of SI.com reports.
Impact: Exum suffered a sprained left ankle during the Cavs' win over the Heat on Monday and wasn't able to return. Moreover, the Australian will now miss his first game since Jan. 11, when he was tending to an illness. Matthew Dellavedova could see increased run as a result of Exum's absence versus the 76ers.
News: Nance produced 16 points (8-11 FG), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals across 32 minutes in Monday's 125-119 overtime win over the Heat.
Impact: The Cavaliers were back to full strength in the frontcourt as Kevin Love (Achilles) returned from a one-game absence, but that didn't stop Nance from seeing a good deal of playing time off the bench. Nance's minutes were pushed up in part because of the overtime period, but coach J.B. Bickerstaff also gave him some run at small forward to prop up his playing time. Don't expect Nance to see much action behind Cedi Osman and Kevin Porter at that position moving forward, but if the 27-year-old can find a path to around 25 minutes per game, he'll retain utility in 12-team leagues.
News: Drummond accumulated 13 points (5-14 FG, 2-4 3pt, 1-4 FT), six rebounds, one steal and one block across 24 minutes during Monday's 125-119 victory over the Heat.
Impact: Over the past four contests, Drummond is averaging just 23.3 minutes, resulting in 11.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steal and 1.0 assist. His reduction in playing time since joining the Cavaliers is a major blow to fantasy owners who have come to expect league-leading rebound numbers from Drummond, not to mention nearly 20 points per game. It's unclear what the Cavaliers' motivation is for keeping Drummond's minutes so low, but there's no indication it will change anytime soon unless Tristan Thompson gets bought out.