Shumpert’s Status Uncertain

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Shump to Start Game 3?

Iman Shumpert Might Start Game 3, but Will He Play?

Everything seems to be going wrong for the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

After yet another blow out loss in Game 2 to the Golden State Warriors, Iman Shumpert required IV after dealing with cramps and dehydration following 22-minutes of game action. Despite a 1-for-6 shooting night, Shumpert was one of the bright spots for the Cavaliers in Game 2, playing very impressive defense on Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant.

Shumpert’s play on the the defensive end of the floor may have potentially earned him a starting job for Game 3 as J.R. Smith has struggled mightily through the first two games of the NBA Finals.

“I think that having awareness, can’t relax, can’t fall asleep,” Cavs Coach Ty Lue said. “This team, their offense is constant movement, so you got to be locked in. You can’t take a peek somewhere else and lose your man. So they make you pay. And they have a lot of guys who are great passers, so you got to be alert at all times.”

Seems like Shumpert may at least be some sort of answer on the defensive end as the Cavs begin to prepare for a crucial Game 3 on their home floor.

 

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