TORONTO: Mo Williams will be back in the lineup Wednesday when the Cavs play at the Toronto Raptors, but Matthew Dellavedova may not join him.
Williams is returning after missing two games with swelling in his ankle, while Dellavedova has been fighting through a calf injury that coach David Blatt said Monday likely would’ve kept him out of the lineup if the Cavs weren’t otherwise so beaten up.
“We’re going to hold off on making any decision until game time,” Blatt said of Dellavedova.
The Cavaliers continue to win with patchwork lineups. Iman Shumpert is progressing in his rehab and Kyrie Irving should return within a couple weeks. As for which guard will be back first, Blatt won’t say.
“I hope they both come back at the same time and sooner than later,” Blatt said.
Shumpert has been pushing the Cavs’ original timeline, which had him returning no earlier than the end of December, since he began his rehab.
“He’s really chomping at the bit,” Blatt said. “He wants to get back out there, to the point where we have to literally hold him back. It’s impressed me that from Day 1 he has been so conscientious and so motivated in terms of not only his rehab, but maintaining the great condition that he had coming into the preseason. He had worked very, very hard this summer and he’s maintained that and of course he’s rehabilitated it in the best possible way.
“But we got to be very careful with Shump because he is not patient. He wants to play. And we got to make sure that we put him back out there when he’s truly ready to play.”
For now, the Cavs will get back a point guard in Williams averaging 15.5 points and 5.3 assists. Blatt said they'll have to be careful with Williams' minutes,but any returning body is a welcomed addition.
“Anybody we can get back is key,” LeBron James said.