Five-On-Five: This week in Cavs basketball

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When it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is seemingly news on them every day.  Whether it is good, bad or indifferent, reading the latest news on your favorite team is something that is usually done on a daily basis.  This newsletter has congregated the top information over the last week and brings it all to you in one nicely formed package. Here is the top five stories that you should know about, they range from injury updates, player accolades and player signings.

1.) Cavs travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves, but Kevin Love will not make the trip. 

 

Cavs.com reported that Cavaliers F Kevin Love will miss Tuesday’s game after experiencing pain in his knee on Saturday night. The Cavs press release was not very informative, but luckily the CBSSports.com expanded on the news release by the Cavs by reporting the Cavs were getting a second opinion on Love’s knee and the injury is apparently ‘concerning.’ With the All-star break fast approaching, the team may be inclined to sit Love for a little while and Love will more than likely be forced to miss the All-star game this coming Sunday.

2.) Cavaliers sign F Derrick Williams to a 10-day-contract

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ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was one of the first to report that the Cavaliers decided to sign recently released F Derrick Williams to a 10-day-contract last Thursday.  ESPN is usually one of the first outlets to report information on the Cavs, they even dedicate a number of reporters to cover all aspects of the team. From the Cavs Instagram post above you can see Williams working out pre-game before the teams game last Thursday night. He made an impact right away, scoring 12 points in a loss at Oklahoma City.  Head coach Tyronn Lue spoke to ESPN about Williams, saying, “He can play the 3 and the 4,” Lue said of Williams. “He’s a good defender on-ball. Has athleticism. So, I’ll just try to work him in with that second unit.”

3.) LeBron is already calling for the Cavaliers to sign Derrick Williams “long-term.”

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Williams has been impressive in his brief time with the organization, including the thunderous dunk he unleashed this past Saturday, as you can see from the post above.  This led LeBron James to tell media members, including ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, that he hopes the team can sign Williams “long-term” and that, “Obviously, we know that he’s on a 10-day contract, but we believe it’s going to be long-term.” So the fact that LeBron told media members multiple times he wants Williams to be here past his 10-day-contract is a not-so subtle hint that James wants Williams around for the foreseeable future.  When LeBron speaks, people listen and when he drops hints, it usually means he wants to see something happen.

4.) LeBron James wins Eastern Conference Player of the Month award for the 4th time this season and NBA-record 57th time in his career. 

This afternoon, news broke via multiple outlets, including the Cavs own website, that LeBron James was awarded the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award after he averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 11.3 assists and 1.8 steals in a week that saw the Cavs go 3-1 and included a crazy game-tying three-point shot against the Wizards last Monday night as you can see below.

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Even in his 14th season James continues to impress and put up numbers that many players only dream of. James will also head off to his 13th All-star game this weekend, which is just another model of James’ consistency.

5.) J.R. Smith could be only a few weeks away from returning to the court. 

The Cavaliers Bleacher Report section reported today that J.R. Smith, who has been out with a thumb injury since late December, is nearing a return to the Cavaliers lineup.  McMenamin, one of the leading reporters for the Cavs, along with Chris Haynes, was one of the first to report this information.

However, J.R. Smith took to Twitter to refute this claim by both Haynes and McMenamin.

It might be longer than expected until Smith returns to the court for the Cavs, but now that multiple Cavs sources are starting to report on Smith’s possible return, it is a safe bet that his return is not too far off.  Stay tuned to all the latest Cavs sources for the latest Smith return updates.

Five-on-five is a weekly newsletter dedicated to the Cleveland Cavaliers and all the latest information surrounding the team.  The information is taken from all the top Cavaliers sources, including the team website and social media accounts to provide you all with the best, most accurate information regarding the team. 

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