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Cup of Cavs: What happens when the Cavs get healthy?

Today’s Cavs news and notes.

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Take of the day

Here’s the thing with the Cavs: They have not been healthy all season and currently are down Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr. and Matthew Dellavedova. According to the team’s latest injury report, Kevin Love is questionable for Monday’s game against the Pistons due to a lower back contusion.

So, here’s the thing: What happens if the Cavs get healthy and finish out the season healthy? Does it help certain players (like Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman) finish the year well? Does Thompson and Nance being back push Marquese Chriss to the bench for the year? And what does it mean for the overall quality of play?

This is a team that has started 27 different lineups this year. It feels prudent to wonder what some consistency could do for the group.

Draft watch

As of today, the Cavs have the third-worst record in the NBA. They have a 52.1 percent chance of landing a top-four pick and a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. They could pick as low as No. 7 overall.

Today’s Tankathon sim yielded the Cavs the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. They have a 12 percent chance of landing the No. 4 overall pick.

ICYMI — news and notes from yesterday

Bucks-76ers had a playoff feel

Oh, LeBron and the Lakers continue to be a disaster

Gordon Hayward and Al Horford both suffered injuries on Sunday

Some Warriors center news

McCollum’s injury isn’t as bad as it seemed

Oh boy, the Pelicans really did something here

The Pistons (led by ex-Raptors coach Dwane Casey) swept the Raptors in their season series

What to read today

SB Nation’s Paul Flannery on De’Aaron Fox figuring it all out