SAN ANTONIO: A Cavaliers season disjointed by injuries has hit another snag.
Coach Tyronn Lue and the training staff decided Monday to shut down shooting guard Kyle Korver for three games so he can rest and undergo treatment on his sore left foot.
Korver sat out Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center and will also be sidelined Thursday at Chicago against the Bulls and for Friday’s home game against the Philadelphia 76ers. After that, the Cavs said Korver’s situation will be reassessed.
Iman Shumpert sat out his second consecutive game against the Spurs with right knee soreness. Shumpert was a pre-game scratch Saturday at home against the Washington Wizards.
Korver said before Monday’s shoot-around at AT&T Center that he’s hopeful the problem won’t keep him out for the remaining 10 games of the regular season.
“No, no, I don’t want to do that at all,” Korver said before shoot-around. “I’m hopeful just a few days here to completely shut down and not trying to test it out and see how it feels today. Take a few days and let it totally calm down and see where we’re at.”
Korver has already missed seven games this month dealing with a sore tendon on the outside of the foot that also caused swelling. He returned against the Denver Nuggets on March 19 and played the last three games, but said he hasn’t been 100 percent.
“It never really felt all the way right,” Korver said.
“I had soreness earlier, it’s just not quite where it needs to be for me to play like I’m really being me. Everyone keeps saying we’re going to play basketball for a long time. Get it right for the playoffs.”
Korver said he has already had two MRIs and “it’s going in the right direction.” He said the training staff is trying out new things with shoes and pads to alleviate the soreness.
Korver has played in 29 games for the Cavs this season after being traded from the Atlanta Hawks and is averaging 10.9 points, shooting 48 percent from 3-point range.
Pop on RJ
The Cavs’ Richard Jefferson spent nearly three seasons with the Spurs, traded to San Antonio in June 2009 and staying until he was shipped to the Warriors in March 2012. At that time, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tried to turn Jefferson into a 3-point shooter.
“I’m not sure we did that. We wanted to do that; that was his role,” Popovich said before Monday’s game. “He’s doing it now.”
Popovich said he is “mystified and happy as hell” with the way Jefferson is playing at age 36.
“He resurrected his career. Three, four years back it looked like he was probably getting a little tired of the whole thing,” Popovich said. “He had an extra pound and a half on him and that sort of thing. We’d always joke; he’s a great kid.
“In Cleveland they’ve done a great job with him. He’s important to that team. He helped them win a championship and he remains that way. I couldn’t be more thrilled for him because we really enjoyed him. Whatever anybody asks of him he’s going to try to do to the best of his ability. That’s just how he’s built.”
Jefferson is averaging 5.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and one assist while playing 20.8 minutes per game.
Lue said he is doing all he can down the stretch to get rest for Tristan Thompson. “I’ve been scaling him back every chance I get,” Lue said at shoot-around. “He’s the only center we have. Last year we had the luxury of having [Timofey Mozgov] and starting him those last 25 games to give T Top a rest fighting those big guys every single night. We got what we got right now, so, we’ll see.” … Lue was noncommittal about how much Derrick Williams would play against the Spurs, even without Korver and Shumpert.
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