Iman Shumpert Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Guard's Groin and Return

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CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16:  Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up against Harrison Barnes #40 of the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter during Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert left his team's Dec. 15 game against the Boston Celtics with a groin injury, and after missing a game, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Shumpert Active vs. 76ers

Sunday, Dec. 20

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported Shumpert will play as the Cavaliers take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

Blatt Comments on Shumpert's Injury

Tuesday, Dec. 15

After the game, head coach David Blatt said he was "honestly concerned" about the injury, per Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.

Shumpert's Return Will Bolster Cavs Defense

Shumpert is one of the NBA's premier on-ball defenders, and Cleveland rewarded him this offseason with a fresh four-year, $40 million contract. Unfortunately, the 25-year-old's tough luck with injuries continued before the 2015-16 campaign even began.

After undergoing right wrist surgery in late September, Shumpert was declared out for three months. During his time with the New York Knicks, he'd already dealt with a torn ACL, and he was banged up during the Cavs' run to the NBA Finals.

Blatt will no longer need to shuffle his rotation around on the wing as J.R. Smith can return to the bench.


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