Kyle Korver of the Cleveland Cavaliers underwent an MRI on Saturday that revealed foot tendonitis, according to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. The team announced Korver will miss some time.
According to the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh, the tendonitis in Korver’s foot usually take one to four weeks to cool down, depending on severity. It is currently unclear which tendon is bothering him.
They have recently lost Kevin Love for several weeks and the newly acquire Andrew Bogut is already out for the season with a leg injury. Luckily for Cleveland, this injury should only cause Korver to miss a few weeks at the most.
The problem is that the Washington Wizards are gaining ground on the defending champs as the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs comes down to the wire.
When one shooter goes down with an injury, another returns from one. The streaky shooting JR Smith has returned after missing almost three months recovering from thumb surgery. Smith has always had the green light to shoot from down town. Smith should soak up a majority of the three-point attempts would take now that he is injured.
It should be noted that Smith 32 percent shooting percentage this season is the worst in his career. Smith’s also missed significant time due to a thumb injury which can affect shooting strokes. He connected on just one of his eight attempts from deep in his first game back with the team on. Perhaps he just needs to get more reps and become more loose, or perhaps he is just declining.
Regardless, Lebron has JR’s back and will make sure he gets his shots. Even so, JR should be owned in all standard leagues with Korver on the shelf for a few weeks.
Deron Williams is another player who could see more time as long as Korver is out. Kyrie has been playing heavy minutes to make up for the team’s loss of Kevin Love and his offensive production. Williams has played over 25 minutes just twice since being traded to the Cavaliers before the trade deadline. Williams could see increased playing time next to Kyrie Irving at the shooting guard position, particularly if JR continues to struggle.