With only nine healthy bodies, the options for Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue are few and far between in terms of the combinations for tonight’s game against the Chicago Bulls.
He has opted to turn to Jose Calderon to start tonight at United Center. The veteran guard will take the place of Kyle Korver, who has left the team because of a family emergency.
Lue said Calderon will join LeBron James, George Hill, Jeff Green and Ante Zizic in the starting lineup for Cleveland (39-29).
With Kevin Love (broken hand), Larry Nance Jr. (hamstring), Rodney Hood (back), Tristan Thompson (ankle) and Cedi Osman (hip) all out tonight, that leaves only J.R. Smith, Jordan Clarkson, John Holland and London Perrantes on the Cavaliers’ bench.
Chicago (24-44) will also be shorthanded tonight as Lauri Makkanen, Zach Lavine, Robin Lopez and Kris Dunn will not play tonight.
Lue had no updates on the possible returns of the Cavaliers’ walking wounded, other than to say Hood is day-to-day with his back issue and it would not be prudent for Nance to play with his tender right hamstring.
“He wanted to play but it wasn’t a smart thing to do,” Lue said. “You saw the Phoenix game, every time he made a shot or an athletic play he always grabbed the back of his hamstring. So, when you have to do that, it’s not smart to try to risk it. Especially when we’re down guys already and we’re trying to go to the playoffs healthy.
“If he does something that’s serious to it he could be out six to eight weeks and that would hurt us.”