Cavs guard Iman Shumpert to return, Jose Calderon to start vs. 76ers
The Cleveland Cavaliers will get an old reliable back on the court Monday, as they take on the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers on the road. According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, Cavs shooting guard Iman Shumpert is scheduled to return to the active lineup Monday after missing three games due to knee soreness in his right knee.
Shump to return tomorrow against Philly but Jose Calderon remains in the starting lineup
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) November 26, 2017
As pointed out by Vardon, Shumpert will come off the bench at least in his first game back. Jose Calderon has been decent as the team’s starting point guard of late with Derrick Rose out indefinitely, and it seems Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue is going to roll with the Spanish in the first five unit for the meantime.
In keeping the 36-year-old guard in the starting lineup, Lue appears to be avoiding making many changes on what’s been working for the team. The Cavs have won all of their last seven games, which includes a 100-99 triumph at home last Friday.
On the season, Calderon is averaging 2.9 points, 1.0 assist, and 1.1 rebounds per game, but has upped those numbers to 5.0 points, 1.5 assists, and 1.8 rebounds in his last four games.
Shumpert, on the other hand, has put up 5.2 points, made 1.4 assists, and grabbed 3.3 rebounds in 12 games played so far this campaign.