Iman Shumpert leaves Game 3 with injury, but likely to return

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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?