Report: Rodney Hood out tonight vs. Knicks; George Hill and Jose Calderon active
Cavs point guard George Hill has missed four consecutive games due to an ankle sprain. However, according to a report from FOX Sports Ohio’s Fred McLeod, Hill and Jose Calderon have been cleared to play in Monday night’s tilt against the New York Knicks, leaving Rodney Hood as the only player inactive.
Ty Lue says Rodney only player out tonight..everyone else is available tonight on @FOXSportsOH
— Fred McLeod (@CavsFredMcLeod) April 9, 2018
Hill, now 31 years of age, suffered an ankle sprain in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 30. Now, with a bit of rehab under his belt, it sounds like he’s well enough to play.
In his 22 appearances with the Cavs this season, Hill has turned in averages of 9.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the field (35.1 percent from beyond the arc), 2.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds and just under one steal (0.8) in 29.1 minutes.
Veteran point guard Jose Calderon has been dealing with left hamstring soreness, but he too has been cleared for action, according to McLeod.
Calderon has played in 55 games for Cleveland this season, averaging 4.6 points on 51.1 percent shooting from the field (47.3 percent from downtown), 2.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds.
Cavs shooting guard Rodney Hood, who’s been dealing with a sore Achilles, will be the only player held out against the Knicks, per McLeod.
J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson will likely see their usage rate increase.
Monday night’s Cavs-Knicks game is scheduled to tip inside Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. EST with NBA TV and FOX Sports Ohio having live broadcast coverage.