Update II: Shumpert returned midway through the second quarter.
Update: Iman Shumpert returned to the Cavaliers’ bench early in the second quarter, and the Cavaliers said he’s likely to return, according to ABC.
Iman Shumpert left Game 3 with an apparent left shoulder injury.
The Cavaliers wing hurt himself taking a hard, legal screen from Draymond Green in the first quarter. Shumpert left the court area holding his
Shumpert has been pivotal in defending Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and Cleveland lacks a perimeter defender to match him.
This could press Mike Miller into action or cause the Cavaliers – already using a smaller rotation than the Warriors – to play even fewer players. Neither is a great option.
Cleveland has already overcome injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in these playoffs. How much more must the team endure?