Timofey Mozgov C CLE 1 day ago

Mozgov underwent a debridement on his right knee Thursday and will require six weeks of recovery, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Mozgov's rehabilitation shouldn't afflict his ability to be healthy by training camp, but his progress will be watched throughout the course of the offseason. Despite the signings of Kevin Love (shoulder) and Tristan Thompson, Mozgov is set to act as the Cavaliers' starting center in 2015-16. After joining the team in January, Mozgov started all but one of his 46 regular-season appearances, averaging 10.6 points (on 59 percent shooting), 6.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 0.8 assists in 25 minutes.

Timofey Mozgov C CLE 2 weeks ago

Mozgov had his $4.9 million team option exercised Tuesday, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports.

The decision is a no-brainer for the Cavaliers, who are more than happy to bring back Mozgov at an extremely team-friendly price. The big man came over from the Nuggets mid-season and started 45 regular season games, averaging 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting a career-best 59 percent from the floor. The Cavs will get Anderson Varejao (Achilles) back from injury next season, but Mozgov figures to open the season as the starting center after a strong postseason showing.

Timofey Mozgov C CLE 2 weeks ago

Mozgov averaged 10.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 26.5 minutes in the Cavalier playoff run. These numbers were similar to his regular season averages (10.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks).

Coach David Blatt had little recourse against the Warriors and had to go big with Mozgov and Tristan Thompson throughout the series. Mozgov was able to take advantage of his size with four games of 16 or more points (and three double-doubles). The 28-year-old center has a reasonable team option for the 2015-16 and could continue to be the anchor of the Cavalier defense.

Timofey Mozgov C CLE 2 weeks ago

Mozgov scored 17 points (5-8 FG, 7-8 FT), grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked four shots, and registered two assists in 33 minutes during Tuesday's Game 6 loss.

Mozgov was given a longer leash after playing just nine minutes the previous game, and he rewarded coach Blatt with seven offensive boards. For the series, Mozgov averaged 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 28.3 minutes per game.

Timofey Mozgov C CLE 3 weeks ago

Mozgov missed his only field goal attempt in nine minutes during Sunday's Game 5 loss.

Mozgov recorded one steal and two turnovers in the limited run and didn't start the second half. Coach David Blatt turned to J.R. Smith in Mozgov's place, a decision that stuck throughout.

Timofey Mozgov C CLE 3 weeks ago

Mozgov scored a career-high and team-high 28 points (9-16 FG, 10-12 FT) in 33 minutes on Thursday. He added 10 rebounds, one assist, and one steal in the Game 4 loss.

Mozgov took advantage of the Warriors' lineup change that shifted Draymond Green to center, limited Andrew Bogut to three minutes, and marginalized Festus Ezeli. Mozgov was the tallest player on the court all night and scored all but two of his points in the paint or at the free-throw line.

Timofey Mozgov C CLE 4 weeks ago

Mozgov came through with 17 points (5-8 FG, 7-12 FT) and 11 rebounds in the win over Golden State on Sunday. He played 29 minutes.

Mozgov has been able to score effectively against Andrew Bogut (who may have one eye on LeBron James). He has 33 points in the first two games of the series. Mozgov generally does not play when the Warriors go small, so his minutes have a 33-minute ceiling.

Timofey Mozgov C CLE 1 month ago

Mozgov hit two clutch free throws to tie the game near the end of regulation and concluded with 16 points (5-10 FG, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and one block in 33 minutes.

Mozgov exceeded or matched his playoff averages in the Game 1 loss. This game marks only the third time this postseason that Mozgov exceeded the 30-minute barrier, a number that will likely increase with Kyrie Irving (knee) ailing and coach David Blatt running an eight-man rotation in Game 1.

Timofey Mozgov C CLE 1 month ago

Mozgov provided nine points (3-6 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, and two blocks in the overtime win against the Hawks on Sunday.

Mozgov hit a couple of sweet mid-range jumpers, but did not play much in the stretch drive of the game. Her has hit his free throws in the playoffs (83.3 percent, 30-of-36) and is a space eater on defense against the smaller Hawks.

Timofey Mozgov C CLE 1 month ago

Mozgov scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT) with seven rebounds in 25 minutes in the win over the Hawks on Friday.

Over his last four games, Mozgov has averaged 24.5 minutes with 7.0 points and 7.3 rebounds. He seems unlikely to break out for a big game, but has a relatively high floor in his time-limited production.