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Cavs rule Wade (personal) out against Pacers on Friday

CLEVELAND – The Cavs will roll out a shorthanded backcourt against the Pacers on Friday, as shooting guard Dwyane Wade will sit out due to a personal matter.

General manager Koby Altman told the 12-time All-Star to take as much time as needs, but noted that this is not similar to Derrick Rose’s departure from the team throughout November and December.

Wade has been an integral part of Cleveland’s second unit, averaging 11.1 points, 3.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals on 45.3 percent shooting over 23.1 minutes per game.

Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert are candidates to see expanded roles off the bench.

John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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