Two key players could be back for Cavs against Lakers

As the Cavs prepare to take on the Lakers, Cleveland could be getting some major reinforcements back on the court.

After hitting reset and refreshing after a frustrating loss to the Miami Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers could be close to whole again. Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) and Isaac Okoro (knee) are considered game-time decisions leading up to their matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, Ty Jerome (ankle), Dean Wade (ankle) and Ricky Rubio (personal) remain sidelined for the Cavs.
As always, Rubio’s absence shouldn’t come as a surprise. Cleveland is giving Rubio as much time as possible to prioritize and focus on his mental well-being. Jerome, meanwhile, hasn’t suited up for the Cavs since their home-opening loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dean Wade will now miss two games in a row due to his sprained ankle. With how Craig Porter Jr. has emerged as a vital player in Cleveland’s rotation, the lack of Jerome and Wade isn’t a huge loss since Porter Jr. likely soaks up their minutes when the team is completely healthy.

Meanwhile, the Lakers have a few key players that could be game-time decisions. LeBron James (calf) and Cam Reddish (leg) are both questionable for Los Angeles against Cleveland and will likely be game-time decisions. Meanwhile, Anthony Davis (hip) is considered probable and, if James cannot go, will be the biggest threat for the Lakers on offense. Finally, Rui Hachimura (nose), Jarred Vanderbilt (heel) and Gabe Vincent (knee) are all unavailable for Los Angeles against Cleveland.

Cavs comeback

As the Cavs prepare to take on the Pistons in the In-Season Tournament, Cleveland could be without numerous key players

The biggest question heading into this game is whether or not James will play against the Cavs, the team he has the biggest history with. In 20 games against Cleveland in his NBA career, King James has averaged 29.0 points on 55.0% shooting, 7.6 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 37.2 minutes per game. Considering that James is 38 and currently averaging numbers almost identical to that, the Cavs could be in for a bad time if the Kid from Akron is available to play.

The biggest question heading into this game is whether or not James will play against the Cavs, the team he has the biggest history with. In 20 games against Cleveland in his NBA career, King James has averaged 29.0 points on 55.0% shooting, 7.6 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 37.2 minutes per game. Considering that James is 38 and currently averaging numbers almost identical to that, the Cavs could be in for a bad time if the Kid from Akron is available to play.

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