While there’s never a good time for a team to be down two starters, there are some matchups that prove easier to navigate than others. That was the case for Cleveland, which entered Tuesday’s game in Charlotte without Jarrett Allen (eye) and Donovan Mitchell (finger). With the Cavs hosting Philadelphia on Wednesday, an injury management day (which may not have been the case for Allen) made sense. And this didn’t keep Cleveland from taking care of business, as they won by a 120-104 final score. Two of the key contributors entered Tuesday rostered in no more than 40% of Yahoo leagues: Caris LeVert (40%) and Cedi Osman (2%).
With Mitchell sidelined, LeVert was an obvious streaming choice, even though the production hasn’t been consistent. He was efficient in Charlotte, playing 27 minutes and accounting for 22 points, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block, and four 3-pointers. LeVert’s likely to be asked to come off the bench Wednesday night, but he’ll remain on the radar of many just in case Mitchell misses another game anytime soon. While Mitchell and Osman don’t play the same position, the resulting shuffle of the rotation when Spida sits gives Osman opportunities to shine. Osman finished Tuesday’s game with 24 points, two rebounds, three assists, and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
Also taking on an increased workload due to the absences, Lamar Stevens started in place of Allen and put up 11 points, four rebounds, one assist, and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes. Stevens was solid but not good enough to merit being added in the aftermath of Tuesday’s game. Ricky Rubio (3%) played well off the bench, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one block in 21 minutes. Still, it’s unlikely that he’ll be available on Wednesday, regardless of what happens with Mitchell. Now, let’s get into some of Tuesday’s top pickups. Counting Wednesday, the Cavs have two more games to play in Week 21.
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Publish date : 2023-03-15 09:21:31
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