Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert will miss a week with a left knee injury, the latest setback for a Cleveland point guard.
With Derrick Rose and Isaiah Thomas already out with injuries, Shumpert has been starting for the Cavs, who won their fourth straight on Friday night, 118-113 in overtime.
Shumpert started in the victory over the LA Clippers but left in the second quarter with a sore knee and didn’t return. The team said Saturday that imaging tests revealed swelling in Shumpert’s knee and he will undergo treatment for a week.
Veteran Jose Calderon came off the bench on Friday and played for the first time since Nov. 1, and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue used LeBron James and Dwyane Wade at the point. Wade finished with 23 points in 37 minutes.
Shumpert is averaging just 5.2 points and 3.3 rebounds, but he has been invaluable while filling in for Rose and Thomas.
With Shumpert out, the Cavaliers are expected to recall John Holland from their Canton G-League affiliate. Holland scored 43 points in a game for the Charge earlier this season.
Source: Associated Press via ESPN
Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry Blasts Officiating After Loss to Rockets
For the second consecutive game, the coach opposing the Houston Rockets finished the night with an epic rant against the officials. This time, it was New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry, who fired off against the referees following the Pelicans’ 107-101 home defeat.
“The thing that bothers me more than anything, and I really don’t care, we try to play the right way, and we play our asses off,” Gentry said. “All we want is an equal opportunity to win the game. Not have a situation where we are guessing on the biggest play of the game, where they call a 3-point foul from the corner.
Source: Stefano Fusaro of ESPN
Grizzlies End 19-Game Skid, Earn Win vs Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets did something no NBA team has done in almost seven weeks: They lost to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, Tyreke Evans added 20, and the Grizzlies snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN