Cavs news: Iman Shumpert (knee) to return vs. Spurs, Channing Frye out
.@imanshumpert makes his return tonight
— Fred McLeod (@CavsFredMcLeod) January 23, 2018
Shumpert, now 27 years of age, has been dealing with a knee injury, which has forced him to miss just over two months of action. The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket hasn’t played since November 20th, underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on December 1st, and was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. Now, it appears Shumpert is finally ready to get some game action starting tonight against the Spurs.
Shumpert has made 13 appearances with the Cavs this season, averaging 4.8 points on 38.6 percent shooting from the field (28.0 percent from beyond the arc), 3.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.
Cavs’ forward Channing Frye is also a late scratch from tonight’s game with an abdominal strain.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 24, 2018
Both Shumpert and Frye’s names have been involved in trade rumors all day, but neither of these respective decisions appear to be affected by the reports.
The Cavs have lost nine of their last twelve games, including Saturday’s embarrassing 148-124 set-back against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and they could certainly use Shumpert’s defensive prowess.
Tuesday night’s Cavs-Spurs game is scheduled to tip at 8:00 p.m. EST with TNT having live broadcast coverage.