Al Horford PF/C ATL 11 hours ago
Horford will not face further discipline from the league for his scuffle with Matthew Dellavedova in Game 3, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Horford received a flagrant 2 and was ejected from Sunday's game after elbowing Dellavedova around the head. When asked about the incident, Horford intimated that Dellavedova's rough play - he was involved in the play that knocked Kyle Korver (ankle) out for the rest of the playoffs - played a role in his retaliation, but, for the most part, Horford said all of the right things and apologized for the elbow. As such, a suspension was not expected, so this news only confirms that the center will be available for Game 4 on Tuesday as the Hawks attempt to stave off elimination.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 13 hours ago
Irving (knee) remains questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Irving, who sat out Games 2 and 3, did some on-court work Monday but is still unable to explode off of his left leg. While there's a chance he could play in Game 4, the Cavaliers are up 3-0 in the series with a chance to close out at home, so the benefits of playing Irving at less than 100 percent may not outweigh the detriments. If the Cavs are able to close out the series, they'll have nine games off before the start of the finals.
Marreese Speights PF/C GS 15 hours ago
Speights (calf) ran stairs Monday and is expected to return to the court in a few days, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
With the Warriors one win away from clinching a berth to the NBA Finals, there's little chance that Speights makes an appearance in the Western Conference finals. As he continues to progress in his recovery from a right calf strain, he has a great opportunity to be available for the first game of The Finals on June 4, if in fact the team clinches a spot in the championship round.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 17 hours ago
Irving (knee) is questionable to take the floor Tuesday against the Hawks, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Irving has back-to-back DNPs on the ledger, as he tends to tendinitis in his left knee. Even though he completed a 40-minute workout with the Cavalier's development staff Saturday, team doctors opted to hold the guard out Sunday. With practice on the docket Monday, Irving's participation level could indicate whether a return is possible Tuesday, but Cleveland's 3-0 series lead provides the rationalization for another absence.
Kyle Korver SG/SF ATL 17 hours ago
Korver is seeking a second opinion on his right ankle in order to determine if surgery is the best course of action, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
During Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday, Korver sustained a high right ankle sprain, which subsequently ended his postseason. The date of the upcoming evaluation is unknown, but the Hawks are likely waiting for any swelling to diminish before making the call on a procedure. In any case, Kent Bazemore (14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, two three-pointers, and one block in 43 minutes Sunday) will continue to man two-guard as long as the Hawks' playoff run lasts.
J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 1 day ago
Smith provided 17 points (6-14 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT) with 10 rebounds in 38 minutes in the overtime win against Atlanta on Sunday.
Smith bounced back from a quiet Game 2 (nine points). He has been active on the boards with at least eight rebounds in three of his last four games. It looks like Smith's 28-point outburst in Game 1 was the exception rather than the rule, but he is the leader of the Cavalier offense when LeBron James sits.
Shawn Marion F CLE 1 day ago
Marion played four scoreless (0-2 FG) minutes in the first quarter of the overtime win against the Hawks on Sunday. He grabbed three rebounds.
Marion replaced LeBron James in the first quarter since the Cavaliers' star was struggling from the field. The 37 year old did not look for his own offense and did not return to the game after James heated up.
James Jones SG/SF CLE 1 day ago
Jones scored nine points (2-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT) with a season-high five assists in the overtime win against the Hawks on Sunday.
Jones continued his streak of either hitting multiple 3-pointers or none at all. He received more minutes with Kyrie Irving (ankle) and was active on the offensive end.
Matthew Dellavedova G CLE 1 day ago
Dellavedova started again for Kyrie Irving (ankle) and provided 17 points (5-15 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT) in 45 minutes in the overtime win against the Hawks on Sunday.
Dellavedova was involved in one of the key plays in regulation as he got tangled up with Al Horford, who was subsequently ejected from the game. His four 3-pointers were a playoff-high and it appeared that he preferred the more difficult long range shots than the wide open attempts. Irving is questionable for Game 4 on Tuesday, so there is a chance that Dellavedova starts again.
Iman Shumpert G CLE 1 day ago
Shumpert scored 15 points (5-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with seven rebounds in the overtime win over Atlanta on Sunday.
Shumpert provides the Cavaliers with just another perimeter threat and has found his missing 3-point shot in the last two games. He has knocked down eight 3-pointers after being limited to just six long range makes in his previous five games. Shumpert's 3-point jags generally don't last very long.