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Cleveland Cavaliers

Summary

LeBron James’ final year in his second stint in Cleveland was also the first time the three-time MVP appeared in all 82 games. His sustained good health was needed as no other member of the Cavs appeared in more than 61 regular seasons games.

However, the majority of the games lost to injury or illness occurred in the first half of the season and were attributed to players that finished the year on other teams. 126 of Cleveland’s 189 games lost occurred in the first 41 games of the year with 82 percent of those linked to Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Isaiah Thomas, and Dwyane Wade.

With James now in Los Angeles, the Cavaliers will look to remain relevant in the Eastern Conference with Kevin Love at the lead. Keeping the All-Star forward healthy will be a focus of Steve Spiro and his medical staff. Love has missed 45 regular season contests over the past two seasons due to an assortment of injuries including a knee debridement and a broken hand. His knee and hand have both been issues since his days in Minnesota and will be closely monitored throughout the year.